Date: 12/28/20 9:55 pm
From: bobhirt2004 via <Bobhirt...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto duck pond
I will follow up with our conservation team led by our awesome leader,
Shani Kleinhaus. We’ll see if we can get the policy changed for wildlife education reasons.


Bob Hirt
(408) 821-2732

Please excuse the brevity, the typos, and the sometimes humorous autocorrect changes.

> On Dec 28, 2020, at 8:40 PM, Joe Morlan <jmorlan...> wrote:
> Thanks for the information. I suspect the prohibition on feeding is
> probably the immediate cause of the lack of birds on my recent visits to
> the duck pond. Does anybody know who made that decision and was it done
> with public comment?
> I remember people used to bring their families and the kids loved feeding
> the ducks. I think there is benefit in giving kids an appreciation of
> wildlife. I'm pretty sure they still have daily duck feeding at Lake
> Merritt in Oakland and have possibly since the bird refuge was created.
> It's a major attraction.
> Thanks.
> On Sat, 26 Dec 2020 17:38:41 -0800, "Alvaro Jaramillo"
> <chucao...> wrote:
>> Joe and Bill
>> I think the change has been that for some years now they are actively discouraging feeding the ducks there. Before, there were always people feeding ducks and gulls, and the birds grew quite tame. I don't know if they ticket you now for feeding, but there are signs up not to do it. That was not the case historically.
>> Alvaro
>> Alvaro Jaramillo
>> <alvaro...>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: <southbaybirds...> <southbaybirds...> On Behalf Of Bill Bousman
>> Sent: Saturday, December 26, 2020 5:26 PM
>> To: <southbaybirds...>
>> Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto duck pond
>> Dear Joe,
>> I believe that the decrease in gull species is a consequence of the dump closing. Bonaparte's, that forage in the Water Quality Control Plant, will sometimes take a break and bath in the pond in the hundreds. But the rare gulls that showed up in the Duck Pond were there only in the heyday of the dump.
>> I don't know why the scaup disappeared, I've noticed that as well.
>> Bill Bousman
>> Menlo Park
>>> On 12/26/2020 4:53 PM, Joe Morlan wrote:
>>> Does anybody know what happened to the famous Palo Alto Baylands duck pond.
>>> It used to be full of waterfowl and a good variety of gulls. It was
>>> an excellent place to take classes where you could get great
>>> comparisons of such species as Greater and Lesser Scaup. But the last
>>> few times I have been there, there were no ducks to speak of except
>>> for distant sleeping Northern Shovelers and a few scattered Ring-billed Gulls.
>>> What happened? Should we be concerned?
>>> --
>>> Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
> --
> Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA

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