Approximately 30 flightless domestic geese and half a dozen ducks are suffering, as their pond recently dried up in Woodland,
California. Generations of these birds have called this manmade pond home since the 1980s, but drought conditions are so severe, the
pond has dried up for the first time in decades. The geese and ducks have nowhere to go and are wandering the parched earth suffering
The city of Woodland has been slow to act. They finally put out a water trough this weekend, but several geese have already died.
Without a large body of water, the birds have no way to escape predators like coyotes and bobcats that frequent the area. Animal advocates, including United Poultry Concerns, are mobilizing a rescue attempt tomorrow, Tuesday, August 5, at 8 a.m., even though we have been told that
the City of Woodland may be resistant to the geese and ducks being moved. Last week, they threatened to arrest rescuers for trespassing
and theft. We did get word just yesterday however that they may be more open to the rescue, so we are asking our members to please help
us persuade them.
Photo: Alan D. Wilson
Call and email the city of Woodland and kindly ask them to allow rescuers from Carolina Waterfowl Rescue and United Poultry Concerns to move the geese and
ducks as soon as possible, even temporarily, to prevent more deaths. We have a location that is willing to take the birds with a large body of water.
Please be respectful and considerate in your correspondences.
Frank Meyer, Director of Public Works
Tom Stallard, Mayor of Woodland
Jennifer Robinson, Secretary to Paul Navazio, City Manager
Also, go to this webpage to leave a comment: City of Woodland
If you are in or near the San Francisco Bay Area and would like to help with the rescue, please contact Hope Bohanec, firstname.lastname@example.org or 707-540-1760.