illustration by Millie Holderread
Protest Death Trap for Ducklings
The dam blocks off the only escape route. Ducklings, who cannot fly until they are 8 weeks old, can't get over the 12-inch wall from water to shore. After a series of meetings with concerned residents, the Marina Village Homeowners Association agreed to place 4 ramps for the birds to climb up on, but these did not solve the problem because they are only 4 inches wide and are at a 45-degree angle from the water, which is too narrow and steep for a duckling.
The installation of simple rock ramps or other duckling-friendly escape routes leading from water to shore would solve the problem. The Waterfowl Preservation Committee has formally requested permission to install the ramps at their own expense, but both the Marina Village management and the Homeowners Association have refused, blaming "predators" and "natural selection" for the drownings.
What Can I Do?Write a polite letter to:
Point out that the Waterfowl Preservation Committee is prepared to pay for, construct, and install the ramps. It won't cost the management a cent and it will stop the preventable suffering and death of baby ducks. Ask them please to send you a written reply.
Action Alert from Karen Benzel (510/814-7227).