Members of GooseWatch NYC are planning a rally Wednesday night outside Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Upper East Side mansion.
GooseWatch NYC, which has more than 500 members, are at the ready to witness and document when geese are culled from city parks. Federal wildlife agents have removed and killed hundreds of geese in the city because they say the birds pose a threat to planes landing and taking from LaGuardia and JFK airports, particularly after Canadian geese brought down the "Miracle on the Hudson" flight in 2009.
The group sends out text, phone and e-mail alerts to members to let them know if and when future round-ups will occur.
For the fourth summer in a row, the city has entered a contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to allow the geese to be removed.
The group, started by Ditmas Park resident David Karopkin, says they will protest Bloomberg's public support for the geese killings, as well as demand more transparency about where and when future roundups will be. They also say they want to end the slaughter of the birds.
The rally will be from 6 to 8 p.m. outside the East 79th Street mansion.