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Local tech writers hope to save Borland ducklings: Property manager...

There are 25 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Jun 29, 2010, titled Local tech writers hope to save Borland ducklings: Property manager.... In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

At the mucky edges of a half-drained, small pond, a family of young mallard ducklings, too young to fly, meandered Monday unaware that a handful of concerned local tech writers are anxiously working to find them a new home.

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Since: May 08

United States

#1 Jun 29, 2010
What? the ducks stopped paying their rent to the grub?? Just cause the economy's on a down swing and commercial occupancy with it, doesn't mean they shouldn't provide the same ambiance to their tenants. The tenants should move with the ducks!
Live Oak Lover

Napa, CA

#3 Jun 29, 2010
Please consider contacting the management at Vista Del Lago Mobile Homes Park on Whispering Pines Drive in Scotts Valley. They have a beautifully maintained habitat for their ducks and geese. Blessings!
Guv here to help

Soquel, CA

#4 Jun 29, 2010
If they drain the pond where will the Mosquitos go?????
Oh the tradgedy!!!
vik

Santa Cruz, CA

#5 Jun 29, 2010
Contacting Vista Del Lago is a good idea. Also, contact PETA and/or Nicole Carion at the Department of Fish and Game. I bet PETA would do something.
This is so sad. Why can't they wait until the ducklings have grown big enough to fly away? Would not be that much longer. Ridiculous..... What can we, the general public do?
Darn humans!
Ray in Santa Cruz

United States

#7 Jun 29, 2010
There is a lonely old goose in the Yacht Harbor who needs company...

In the old days, the farmer would catch them fatten them up, then eat them. Um um good.

The people who are worried about this can solve the problem. All they have to do is pay the management company for the cost of an additional month. But then again, that is not their way.
Me and My Shadow

Windsor, CA

#9 Jun 29, 2010
comment

Santa Cruz, CA

#10 Jun 29, 2010
can they be transferred to Neary's Lagoon?
comment

Santa Cruz, CA

#11 Jun 29, 2010
Twin Lakes also seems to have an annual duck/ling population...perhaps they can be transferred there if Neary's not an option?
Grubb and Ellis Blows

Alviso, CA

#12 Jun 29, 2010
I hope this comes back to bite Grubb & Ellis. How cheap and evil do you have to be to strand a mother and her babies? If everyone waits a few more days, the coyotes, feral cats, foxes or raccoons will take care of the "problem."

Fie on all real estate t-r-o-lls.
rio

Hayward, CA

#13 Jun 29, 2010
lame economy and stupid landlords don't care about the ducklings or the pretty ponds... just sad!
Simple Solutions

Seaside, CA

#16 Jun 29, 2010
Let nature take it's course. Darwin's theory of survival of the fittest works real well. Ducks can find water anywhere and I'm sure mom duck will get the young'uns where they need to be. This without the help of the Santa Cruz Society for the stick my nose in whatever I can that doesn't mean a darn thing in the big picture of things.
Kalifornia Uber Alles

AOL

#17 Jun 29, 2010
rio wrote:
lame economy and stupid landlords don't care about the ducklings or the pretty ponds... just sad!
Hey, don't forget about developer greed.
wants to help

San Leandro, CA

#18 Jun 29, 2010
I will be willing to help, maybe we can all band together and try to raise a little money to help pay for the extra month?? Even in this economy can we all be so self centered that we cant pry ourselves away from our own problems to lend a helping hand?

Our world and natural resources are readily being depleted, I would like to think that there is something I could do for these ducks.

Any suggestions on how to help?
Cindy

Santa Cruz, CA

#19 Jun 29, 2010
vik wrote:
Contacting Vista Del Lago is a good idea. Also, contact PETA and/or Nicole Carion at the Department of Fish and Game. I bet PETA would do something.
This is so sad. Why can't they wait until the ducklings have grown big enough to fly away? Would not be that much longer. Ridiculous..... What can we, the general public do?
Darn humans!
I'm checking in MonteValle in SV as a refuge for the ducks too.
Macaroni

Watsonville, CA

#20 Jun 29, 2010
I am not familiar with the Borland building or the pond. why don't the folks that are concerned for the ducks go guerilla style? Somebody bring a garden hose from home and stretch it over to that pond and crank it on full blast; and keep that pond filled. Sure the water bill will go up, but that's an issue for the building manager who will pass it on to the tenants.
vik

Santa Cruz, CA

#21 Jun 30, 2010
Simple Solutions wrote:
Let nature take it's course. Darwin's theory of survival of the fittest works real well. Ducks can find water anywhere and I'm sure mom duck will get the young'uns where they need to be. This without the help of the Santa Cruz Society for the stick my nose in whatever I can that doesn't mean a darn thing in the big picture of things.
You are not very smart! Nature take it's course? Man destroying those ducks current habitat is not Nature Taking It's Course! How can the mother duck take her flightless ducklings to another water hole? When in fact , there is no other water hole close by they can walk to? Get real!!!
Merrrr

San Jose, CA

#22 Jun 30, 2010
I'm pretty sure the Native Animal Rescue of Santa Cruz County on 17th Avenue could help with this.

I've taken baby ducklings there, which were estranged from their mother and walking the streets alone.

Go to www dot nativeanimalrescue dot org.

Since: Jan 10

Santa Cruz, CA

#23 Jun 30, 2010
vik wrote:
<quoted text>You are not very smart! Nature take it's course? Man destroying those ducks current habitat is not Nature Taking It's Course! How can the mother duck take her flightless ducklings to another water hole? When in fact , there is no other water hole close by they can walk to? Get real!!!
I'm curious about your thoughts on the below comments made by Don Kelly of the Dept. of Fish and Game, as he is not blaming the property manager, but rather the "techies" who began "feeding" the ducks in the first place.(I happen to agree with his comments by the way)

"Ideally the ducks will find a home in a similar situation since they are unlikely going to be able to fend for themselves in the wild, said Patrol Lt. Don Kelly of the California Department of Fish and Game.

"When people start feeding the ducks, they become domesticated. Even if they're a wild strain, they get used to being fed," Kelly said. "They are essentially sentencing these animals to death because they water down the natural instinct to succeed on their own."

Would you also suggest that he's "not very smart"? Just my opinion, but it's unfortunate that the employees began to feed the ducks in the first place, thereby altering their natural instincts to feed and seek out other natural food and shelter sources, and, even more unfortunate that "they" seem to be placing the blame and burden on everyone other than the people who caused this problem to begin with...themselves. Most times, the best thing that humans can do for nature is to leave it alone.
Grubb and Ellis Blows

Alviso, CA

#24 Jun 30, 2010
X Kyuzmi wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm curious about your thoughts on the below comments made by Don Kelly of the Dept. of Fish and Game, as he is not blaming the property manager, but rather the "techies" who began "feeding" the ducks in the first place.(I happen to agree with his comments by the way)
"Ideally the ducks will find a home in a similar situation since they are unlikely going to be able to fend for themselves in the wild, said Patrol Lt. Don Kelly of the California Department of Fish and Game.
"When people start feeding the ducks, they become domesticated. Even if they're a wild strain, they get used to being fed," Kelly said. "They are essentially sentencing these animals to death because they water down the natural instinct to succeed on their own."
Would you also suggest that he's "not very smart"? Just my opinion, but it's unfortunate that the employees began to feed the ducks in the first place, thereby altering their natural instincts to feed and seek out other natural food and shelter sources, and, even more unfortunate that "they" seem to be placing the blame and burden on everyone other than the people who caused this problem to begin with...themselves. Most times, the best thing that humans can do for nature is to leave it alone.
Blaming the feeders is cheap shot, and not pertinent to the problem at hand. The problem is that G&E had the system drained during nesting season, when this mother duck had very young babies (unable to fly, for all those who wonder why the birds can't just leave) to protect. They didn't arrange for the birs to be transferred to rescue. they just stranded them. That stinks.
CapMom

United States

#25 Jun 30, 2010
Ducks are yummy - ever had duck fat fries? Whoo, way good. BBQ duck rocks too. Wild ducks taste better than farmed ducks, especially if you cook them a bit on the rare side... sweet, sweet duck juice. A little chipotle cherry bbq sauce.......... oh, gotta run to Deluxe now, made myself hungry

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