On Thursday April 6th, local bicyclist Wendy Sandburg noticed a female mallard behaving oddly. Below is her story:
"There are some exceptional, humanitarian people in this town that deserved to be recognized. Adam Hodgson, Santa Barbara Park Ranger and Chuck Cail, volunteer of the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network.
They both showed me what being a caring, dutiful, responsible person looks like. The event that brought us all together was Thursday April 6th. I was riding my bike along Cabrillo Boulevard when I saw a female Mallard Duck having a conniption on the south side of the road just before the Cemetery. I figured I could escort her across the road to the bird Refuge, and thought it odd she just did not fly over, until I heard the peep, peep, peeps in the storm drain. I dialed the Wildlife Care Network.
There were eight ducklings in the drain with two massive grates keeping them in there. Another cyclist helped me lift out a grate but he took off when I wanted to borrow his jacket to collect chicks. Another cyclist stopped and suggested we drop the chicks in a deep fat fryer, he took off. Then Ranger Adam drove up to see if he could be of assistance. He called for back up but his co-worker felt it was not in his job description and left us. Adam stayed to assist, he was able to use equipment he had to block the storm drain under the road and monitor safety, as we were in a heavy traffic situation.
Soon Chuck drove up and literally sprung into action. He knew duck behavior. We found the only way to get them out was to capture the chicks and lure Mama duck across the road. Chuck jumped into the drain and captured the chicks in a carrier, Adam monitored traffic and we were able to lure Mama to the Bird Refuge (properly named) and reunite her with the chicks in the reeds!
(Chuck Cail, pictured above, has been a dedicated volunteer with the SBWCN for 10 years.)
This was a great example to me of the best part of a person coming forward in a situation to help one another no matter who or what you are. I was able to appreciate my town and folks even more that day. I thought you would like to be reminded as well that we have a great town ( I have been here for 55 years) and really good people (like you) among us."
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