Do Not Feed the Birds, Fish, Turtles or any other creatures on the pond. It interferes with nature and spreads disease.
The over abundance of water fowl visiting and nesting at the pond has resulted in a significant algae bloom, turning the water green. This bloom is detrimental to the species living in the water. There is no effective solution to this problem, except to discourage the birds. Please do not feed!
Educate visitors to the park. Discourage those feeding the birds with kind words. Their intentions may be good, but their misguided actions are exacerbating the problem with bird feces and algae blooms.
The GPA has taken steps to prevent the Canada Geese from forming nests on the island. In early Spring, before planting day, the beds were enclosed with fencing in order to keep birds from entering the area. We hope this will alleviate many of our concerns about nesting and city wide Canada Geese population control.
The city of Lynn has been taking several steps to address the polluted water at Goldfish Pond.
Solitude Lake Management has a contract with the city of Lynn to treat the water in the ponds in Lynn including Goldfish Pond. Also, in May 2019 aeration equipment was placed in the pond to add oxygen to the water.
Goldfish, crayfish, catfish, and many other species of fish have been observed in the pond. Paul Coombs wrote a paper on the various turtles in the pond. He noted Eastern Painted, Red Eared Sliders, and the Common Musk turtle.
Black-crowned Night Heron is a frequent visitor.
This bird dives for crayfish and other smaller fish.
They are a nice sight to see. However, do not feed the birds. Keep the wildlife free of human intervention as much as possible.
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