JUN 11, 2017 07:06 AM PDT

Brooklyn's Prospect Park Hires Goats to Replace Herbicides

Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York has called upon the help of goats once again. They’ve being tasked with helping to clear the park’s surrounding woods of invasive weeds and other greens with the goal of helping to make the park a better-looking place year-round.

The goats were originally called to the park two individual times last Summer to deal with the problem, and they did so well at providing cheap and efficient weeding that they’ve been hired for the job again for the Summer months of this year.

Three of the employed goats at Brooklyn's Prospect Park pose for a picture.

Image Credit: Community News Group/Colin Mixson via Brooklyn Paper

Among the things they help clear are random growths of grass, patches of weeds and vines, and problematic spawns of poison ivy, with poison ivy being one of the main concerns of park staff for the safety of its visitors.

The goats have proven to be a great alternative to herbicides, which are known to cause problems for nature’s insects, namely pollinators, such as bees. Using goats, which already do this in a natural setting, is better for the environment. They fertilize the ground at the same time that they clear away the unwanted greenery, and so it's a great move for protecting one of Brooklyn’s last remaining forests. The whole concept is getting a host of positive support.

Related: Do we really need pesticides?

As it would appear, the goats not only make the park look better and make room for planting more trees when they’re finished, but they also attract tourists who want to take selfies with them. The goats reportedly munch their way through the park's greens every day of the week and are available for tourists to snap photos of whenever the park is open.

A grand total of four goats are working at Prospect Park at this point in time; one is a pygmy goat and is black in color, while the other three are Toggenburg goats and are white in color instead. The pygmy goat, who goes by the name of Max, is a returning helper; he was at the park last year too.

You can catch a glimpse of the animals in the following tourist-taken YouTube video:

It’s certainly nice to see this park taking the steps necessary to protect the environment by using non-invasive means of cleaning up problematic weeds and unwanted plants, as chemical herbicides can have negative impacts on the environment. Perhaps more should follow in Prospect Park’s footsteps.

Source: BBC, Brooklyn Paper

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
NOV 16, 2018
Videos
NOV 16, 2018
An orangutan's anti-palm oil plea
A recently released TV advertisement highlights one company’s attempt to bring into the light the palm oil crisis. Iceland, a UK grocery store, publi...
NOV 27, 2018
Chemistry & Physics
NOV 27, 2018
Unraveling the Secret Behind the Strength of Spider Web
You don't need to watch a Spider-Man movie to notice how tough a spider web can be. Made of fiber-based spider silk, the seemingly fragile structure ca...
DEC 24, 2018
Plants & Animals
DEC 24, 2018
Decoding the Secrets of Howler Monkey Evolution
There exist a bevy of ways that an animal species can be driven to evolve, but one of the more controversial methods of evolution involves a process known...
JAN 06, 2019
Earth & The Environment
JAN 06, 2019
What the government shutdown has meant for national parks
National parks are suffering greatly due to the recent government shutdown, which began on December 22 as a result of disagreement between President Trump ...
JAN 07, 2019
Plants & Animals
JAN 07, 2019
Prague Zoo Artificially Inseminates its Asiatic Lioness
When three large cats arrived at Prague Zoo from India in 2015, staff crossed their fingers and hoped the animals could procreate on their own. Unfortunate...
JAN 15, 2019
Plants & Animals
JAN 15, 2019
Here's Why We Need to Protect Coral Reefs
Coral reefs do all sorts of great things for the environment. Not only do they act as underwater fortresses for smaller wildlife that require shelter from...
Loading Comments...