Monday, May 5, 2014

In Prospect Park, Dog Owners and Bird Watchers Fight for Space (Video)

An unleashed dog in Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Some dog owners say bird-watchers have aggressively confronted them and their pets there.In Prospect Park, Dog Owners and Bird Watchers Fight for Space - NYTimes.com

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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.

Rob Bate, left, president of the Brooklyn Bird Club, and Adam Welz, a fellow birder, scan the trees. Mr. Bate said dogs can destroy habitats as they run through the forest understory.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.