Prospect Park, in Brooklyn, is a 585-acre area of forests, bike trails, and a lake.
One would think that all would be peaceful in this scenic space.
Well, one would be wrong, since we are talking about Brooklyn.
Via NY Times: In Prospect Park, Dog Owners and Bird Watchers Fight for Space
….Prospect Park’s 585 acres have always been a marvel of urban ecology, a delicate balance not just of flora and fauna, but also of children, joggers, mountain bikers, weekend racers, Frisbee players, sunbathers, and, of course, dog owners and bird watchers.
But this time of year, between the throngs trying to glimpse the prothonotary warblers, the yellow-bellied flycatchers and other migrants making their way up the coast, and the Brooklynites trying to give their corgis and springer spaniels a few moments of freedom and fresh air, it has been difficult to find a middle ground.
The conflict, at its root, is about basic animal nature: Dogs distress birds and can trample the delicate underbrush where birds feed and nest. Bird watchers say they have been answered with exclamations of “Nazi!,” “creep!,” R-rated curses and, occasionally, “I’m going to kill you,” when asking dog owners to respect the laws, which permit untethered animals in three meadows only after 9 p.m. and before 9 a.m….
Well, since I do not live in Brooklyn, I do not own a dog, nor do I do “birdwatching,” I am gonna weigh in here:
I have two words for the birdwatchers:
Yep, pack up your binoculars and take the subway to Manhattan’s Central Park.
It’s much nicer than Prospect Park, and you will see all sorts of interesting creatures.
Some of whom will be birds.