Thursday, November 01, 2012

Charles River White Geese are safe after Superstorm Sandy

On Monday and Tuesday, October 29 and 30, a very major storm wracked the northeast including the destroyed nesting area of the Charles River White Geese.

I have visited their home since the storm.

I was immediately struck by the cleanliness and the emptiness.

I walked in through the newly planted bushes over the new small highway. I was amazed to see absolutely nothing on the ground other than what has been installed in the last six months. All the trash which the irresponsible managers from the state have not cleaned up was gone.

Equally clean was the deliberately destroyed core area to which the Charles River White Geese have been confined through the heartless abuse of Cambridge and its friends.

Once I got past the large remaining native vegetation, I reached the deliberately destroyed ground where they are confined. I could see under the large trees which line the eastern and southern end of their home. Then I could see the geese, in rapid motion. Looking closer, it was clear that they were being fed by the folks from the Charles River Urban Wilds Initiative.

Without these devoted folks, Cambridge and its friends would have starved the Charles River White Geese long ago.

The nesting area is that part of their habitat to which the Charles River White Geese traditionally turned in all forms of bad weather. It is well protected with the BU Bridge to the west, the raised on ramp to their north, those major trees to the east and south, plus the raised Grand Junction Railroad and Bridge to the east and, above the Charles River, to the South.

Even before the heartless abuse from Cambridge, MA, USA and its friends started, this was where they would go to get protection from the storms.

Now it is all they have and half is being taken away with the coming massive thicket of introduced bushes and Cambridge is planning a major small highway to dominate the area.