Victory for the Marina Village Ducklings!
(illustration by Millie Holderread)
When people from around the country learned that the Marina
Village housing community in Alameda CA refused to add ramps to
their steep 5-acre lagoon, the manager was swamped with mail and
phone calls. Resident activist and wildlife rehabilitator Karen
Benzel launched a successful campaign to save the ducklings who
for 5 years drowned in the lagoon because of a lagoon design
flaw. She advocated simple rock ramps or other escape routes. In
April, Benzel announced victory: "We now have a compassionate
Board President and a New Management Company who worked with me
to install duckling escape ramps," Benzel said. The media and the
entire San Francisco Bay Area rallied to save the ducklings.
United Poultry Concerns was happy to assist in this victory
through our Action Alerts in PoultryPress. To everyone who
protested on behalf of the ducklings, thank you! Contact Karen
Benzel, Waterfowl Preservation Committee, 1055 Independence
Drive, Alameda CA 94501 (510/814-7227).
In Memory of Beloved Ducks
Katie July 27, 1993 - April 5, 1996
United Poultry Concerns wishes to thank Karen Benzel for her
kind and generous memorial gift "In memory of Katie, mother,
sister and friend, and Gabrielle, who loved her. The Great Drake,
who protected three generations, joined her May 8th, 1996. He
never was the same after her death and died one month later."
(photo by Karen Benzel)