Events

Canada Geese Protection Colorado helps plan and participates in public discussions about Canada goose management. Through such open dialogue we aim to inform and engage the public. We also hope to influence public policy through thoughtful discussion and careful examination of facts.

The Emotional Toll of Bird and Animal Activism
Canada Geese Protection Colorado Support Group with Lisa Levinson

Online, 6:00pm MST, September 22, 2020

CGPC is offering a free, virtual event to provide a brave space to decompress, listen, and reflect. In August, one of our members thought that a goose and duck family had been taken by Colorado Wildlife Services. The unmarked white trucks parked in an area of her neighborhood pond and the absence of the goose and duck family at the same time triggered her, and she reached out to all of us. We showered her with compassion while also being re-traumatized. Although there was a sigh of relief once the families were found, the emotions might have lingered.

We are so emotionally frayed by the past year and are constantly on watch and nervous. Our collective experience is compounded by a continuing emotional toll that might be similar to PTSD. Our greatest strength is our compassion and empathy, and a recognition that animal activism can result in compassion fatigue. CGPC is working with In Defense of Animals on several projects to support our activism for the Canada geese. In addition to sponsoring the Animal Activist Crisis Hotline, Lisa Levinson is going to work with CGPC members and help us navigate the emotional tolls of speaking out for the geese and bearing witness to inhumane acts against them. Please join us for this event.

Lisa Levinson directs In Defense of Animals’ Sustainable Activism Campaign, offering emotional and spiritual resources for animal activists, and co-directs the Wild Animals Campaign, advocating for wild animals. 

Join Zoom Meeting by clicking here.
Meeting ID: 833 6661 8257
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Fall Community Forum: Lake Watch Group Activism
With CGPC Volunteers

Online, 5:00pm – 6:30pm MST, September 26, 2020

Canada Geese Protection Colorado announces “Lake Watch,” a grass-roots “citizen science” effort in metro Denver to help improve the scientific understanding of urban lakes and ponds as wildlife habitat.   Citizen science is a way for the public to participate in scientific research, monitoring and action in order to increase the public’s understanding of science.  “Lake Watch” will organize local groups who live near or have a special relationship with particular lakes in the area.  We encourage adult professionals, amateurs, policy-makers, as well as interested children to join the effort to observe, understand and advocate for the welfare of urban lake-related wildlife.  

Please join us for an initial community meeting! CGPC volunteers will present this initiative at this and a following 90-minute, virtual, Fall Community Forums, followed by Q&A, brainstorming and a general discussion of how CGPC can be most effective.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 863 1691 8626
Passcode: 869500
Please rsvp to us at Canada Geese Protection Colorado.


Panel Discussion: Strategies to Stop Goose Roundups,
With Lisa Levinson, founder, National Goose Advocacy Coalition

Online (advance registration required), 6pm MST, September 29, 2020

Denver is only one of several cities in which USDA/APHIS-Wildlife Services is conducting lethal and round-ups and killings of Canada geese. The Denver metro area has experienced two round-ups with more round-ups more than likely to be scheduled as DPR deputy manager Scott Gilmore has not provided a firm, written commitment to the contrary. In Defense of Animals sponsors the National Goose Advocacy Coalition and has organized a panel of speakers to talk from the standpoint of strategy, history, and activism. CGPC core team leader Carole Woodall is amongst the panelists. The event is free and open to all communities experiencing Canada geese round-ups.

Register in advance for this webinar here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Lisa Levinson also started the Toad Detour to help toads migrate safely and co-founded Vegan Spirituality, the Interfaith Vegan Coalition, and Public Eye: Artists for Animals. She is Director of In Defense of Animals’ Sustainable Activism Campaign, offering emotional and spiritual resources for animal activists, and co-directs the Wild Animals Campaign, advocating for wild animals.


Fall Community Forum: Lake Watch Group Activism
With CGPC Volunteers

Online, 7:00pm – 8:00pm MST, October 2, 2020

Canada Geese Protection Colorado announces “Lake Watch,” a grass-roots “citizen science” effort in metro Denver to help improve the scientific understanding of urban lakes and ponds as wildlife habitat.   Citizen science is a way for the public to participate in scientific research, monitoring and action in order to increase the public’s understanding of science.  “Lake Watch” will organize local groups who live near or have a special relationship with particular lakes in the area.  We encourage adult professionals, amateurs, policy-makers, as well as interested children to join the effort to observe, understand and advocate for the welfare of urban lake-related wildlife.  

Please join us for an initial community meeting! CGPC volunteers will present this initiative at this and a previous 90-minute, virtual, Fall Community Forum, followed by Q&A, brainstorming and a general discussion of how CGPC can be most effective.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 896 1440 2057
Passcode: 669164
Please rsvp to us at Canada Geese Protection Colorado.


ARCHIVED EVENTS

Geese and People: Protection and Policy

The Institute for Human-Animal Connection & The Center for Social Science Informed Animal Law, January 29, 2020

CGPC core team members, Carole Woodall & Courtney DeWinter, spoke at a panel at the University of Denver on peaceful co-existence between geese & people at the University of Denver’s Institute for Human-Animal Connection and The Center for Social Science Informed Animal Law. Videos of both talks are here below (turn up your volume, the audio recording is not great) and you may download a copy of the document provided at the forum here.


Goose Management in the City of Denver

Multicultural Mosaic Foundation, September 7, 2019

The Multicultural Mosaic Foundation, who are dedicated to promoting understanding and dialogue, held a moderated panel discussion between Canada Geese Protection Colorado core team member and co-founder Dr. Carole Woodall and Scott Gilmore, the Deputy Director of Denver Parks & Recreation, on goose management in the City of Denver. We are hopeful that this will be a step in the right direction to finding common ground and moving forward with humane goose management in Denver.

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