Volunteers Work to Save Geese After Lake Dries Up in Vacaville

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VACAVILLE --

The drought has dried up Lagoon Valley in Vacaville.

"These geese have been out here for more than three decades. And they are thriving, even with the lake being dry," one Vacaville resident said, while walking his dog there late Wednesday morning.

This once beautiful lake, that glistened with 780-acre-feet of water, is now a giant bowl of dirt.

The very reason why there's concern for the hundred or so geese that are left stranded here.

Patricia Rago drives from Sacramento to bring her 3-year-old grandson Jaden to feed the geese at least once a week.

"It's really fun for little ones to get that close," she said, as Jaden ran among the geese unharmed.

Marcy Gamble is here in Lagoon Valley, day in and day out, every day, feeding the geese and ducks grain.

Locals have come to know her as "mother goose."

The city gives its nod to her efforts, especially since Vacaville hasn't taken action to aid the geese, trusting that mother nature will eventually take care of its own.

"Many, many people are helping me. They are. They're coming up, making sure their bowls are full of water and feeding also," Marcy said.

Marcy hope she and other volunteers can help keep the geese healthy and fit, until steady rains come to replenish the Lagoon's natural food sources.

Another organization, Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, from North Carolina, doesn't want to wait. They're raising money to relocate the geese.

That's something Marcy and many others don't want to see happen.

"If they weren't here,  it just wouldn't be Vacaville, wouldn't be Lagoon Valley," Marcy added.