Rather than attend the L.A. Clean Sweep meeting last Sunday, both Joe B. and myself answered the humanitarian call and went to the Haines Canyon duck rescue, fully ready to get muddy saving some animals in distress.
Haines Canyon, in Tujunga, has one of the largest debris basins serving the Station Fire area. A natural stream feeds Haines Canyon year-round so that the basin is always full of water. Once or twice a year, the Army Corps of Engineers drain the basin and dredge the accumulated debris. Over the last 18 months, the Station Fire has pushed all associated debris basins including Haines to their limit.
The perpetual stream unfortunately makes Haines Canyon a dumping ground for people who want to get rid of unwanted water fowl. Authorities are looking for one man has been seen dumping tame domestic waterfowl into the wild environment on a regular basis. Lucky Duck Rescue handled the last domestic duck rescue from Haines. Not long after, the same man allegedly did it again. The geese that were dumped were killed almost immediately by coyotes, but 7 domestic ducks survived.
From the pictures, this rescue too was clearly a success. All of the purely domestic ducks were successfully wrangled, boxed, and are now on their way to great new homes. Good stuff.
If anyone has any information on the man illegally dumping domestic ducks and geese at Haines Canyon, please drop me a line.
If you'd like to volunteer or donate to Lucky Duck duck rescue. information is available on their web site.