Sharing our space with nature
Re: “Snow geese ravage school field in a day,” Dec. 24.
Yes, some consider this migration of snow geese a nuisance but others consider it a wonderful event of nature.
What happened at Quilchena Elementary School is a result of a very large school playground located near the west dike. The schoolyards are unusable at this time of year as the ground is just too soggy.
Before we paved over Terra Nova and most of the land along the west side of Richmond, the snow geese were not an issue as there were sufficient fields of grass for them to graze on. Now that we have expanded the city, the grasslands are no longer accessible and the biggest areas of grassland remaining are the schoolyards. The grass will grow back as it always does and some areas it may have to be re-seeded.
Denying the snow geese momentary access to the grass, just does not sit right with some of us. We should share this space with nature since we have denied access to their rightful portion along their flight path that existed before we paved it over. Also, Minoru Park gets damaged by seagulls and ducks, without the presence of snow geese.
Don and Maggie Flintoff