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GooseWatch NYC Rally and Press Conference - June 26, 2013

Ken Paskar 

Pilot and President of Friends of La Guardia Airport, a not-for-profit organization which fosters safety, commerce and efficient airport and airspace operations at La Guardia Airport and the surrounding NYC Metro area.  Mr. Pasker also heads up AvTeam, a New York City based aviation consulting firm.  He serves on the membership committee of the Wings Club and the legislative committee for the New York Aviation Management Association.  Mr. Pasker also serves as an Airport Support Network Volunteer for the 400,000 member Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association. Previously, Mr. Pasker was the Lead Safety Representative for the FAA Safety Team.


Edita Birnkrant 

NY Director of Friends of Animals. Edita works on urban wildlife issues educating and promoting policies of tolerance and co-existence with Canada geese and other animals in New York City and beyond and was instrumental in getting local town officials in Long Island, Westchester and New Jersey to cancel goose kill contracts with the USDA. Since 1957, Friends of Animals has worked on an international, national and local level to gain protection and end abuse of animals, both free-living and domestic.

Anja Heister

Director of In Defense of Animals' Wild & Free – Habitats Campaign, works to protect wild fur-bearing animals, deer, geese and other wildlife who are in conflict with human enterprise.  Heister is currently enrolled in an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program at the University of Montana in Missoula, where she is studying wildlife conservation, ethics and policy. Heister is the co-founder and former Executive Director of Footloose Montana, a nonprofit organization working to end recreational and commercial trapping on Montana’s public lands.

Brian Shapiro

State Director for the Humane Society of the United, Brian works alongside local law enforcement agencies to builds statewide support for animal protection. Shapiro served for more than a decade as an elected representative and legislator in Ulster County, New York. He also served as the executive director of the Ulster County SPCA, where he bolstered a highly successful humane law division, helped increase adoptions, and expanded the shelter's spay/neuter program.

Suzanne Soehner 

Inwood Hill Park community resident, witnessed two USDA roundups of Canada geese, first in 2011 while she was walking her dogs, and again last week when she was alerted by GooseWatch NYC that a roundup was in progress, and she successfully captured USDA and NYC Parks Enforcement vehicles on camera. Suzanne is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, and licensed acupuncturist. 

Mary Beth Artz

Ainger, actress and lifelong resident of Brooklyn, NY and an instructor in the conservation field having completed the Conservation Biology program at The Center for Environmental Research and Conservation at Columbia University. After the slaughter of Prospect Park's Canada Geese in 2010, Mary Beth banded with community members and organized "Hands Around the Lake" in Prospect Park in 2011 to voice opposition to the killings of the geese and to demand that the city find humane, non-lethal alternatives to deal with the issue.