Happy Honk Awards for Weber State & local group for waterfowl rescue

Happy Honk Awards for Weber State & local group for waterfowl rescue

In Defense of Animals’ National Goose Protection Coalition is pleased to share a story of compassion for waterfowl from Ogden, Utah. The National Goose Protection Coalition has issued double Happy Honk certificates to Weber State University (WSU) and Wasatch Domestic Waterfowl Resource (WDWR) for rescuing and rehoming more than 60 at-risk ducks and geese this fall.

Images of the awards and rescue can be viewed and downloaded here.

“Our coalition is thrilled to honor Weber State University and Wasatch Domestic Waterfowl Resource for their notable good deeds toward geese and ducks!” said Lisa Levinson, of In Defense of Animals. “We’re impressed with their coordinated efforts to help animals who were originally abandoned and discarded.”

This September, WSU joined forces with WDWR to safely gather 30 ducks and 34 geese while the campus’ Ada Lindquist Plaza water feature was drained for maintenance. After 12 hours of combined effort, the ducks and geese were safely collected and all were adopted out to happy homes by WDWR.

Over the years, abandoned domestic ducks and geese have bred to create the current population. The University does not officially care for the birds, and reports that several of the animals have been hit by cars and attacked by an off-leash dog. 

“This means so much to me and the rest of us working tirelessly for the waterfowl and animals in general,” said Adison Smith, of WDWR upon receiving the award. “I will frame the certificate and hang it in our future location.”  

In Defense of Animals’ National Goose Protection Coalition issues Happy Honk certificates to honor good deeds and recognize humane efforts by community members towards waterfowl. The coalition was formed in 2019 to help concerned citizens stop goose cruelty in their communities.

Learn more and find nonlethal goose stewardship strategies at:www.stopgooseabuse.org

Find updates about the #WeberDucks on the Wasatch Domestic Waterfowl Resource Facebook page.

Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.