Judy’s Notes From McKinley Pond

This rescued hen adopted orphan chicks

This rescued hen adopted orphan chicks

For more than a year Judy McClaver has been working to rescue plants and wildlife during the pond renovation. Here are some updates.

“A few days ago I rescued a poor bedraggled mallard hen with a head wound and limp. I sent her to Steph at Skywater since I figured she needed long term recovery in a larger space than I could give her and she appeared depressed, though she was eating. She must have lost her brood recently. Steph got in eight little orphan ducklings today and set them up next to the hen. When the female mallard heard them cheeping she got really defensive, like they were hers, so Steph put her in with them and now they are a happy little family! This is amazing given ducks don’t adopt. She’s a lot happier with them and will likely recover faster from her injuries! The ducklings are only about two to three days old.

It’s these types of rescue outcomes that make the fatigue of all the calls and care more worthwhile.

Miss Grace at McKinley Park Preschool said she is glad the duck from the rose garden is safe. Apparently this one used to come into the preschool room looking for safe haven at times—once with her duckling in tow.

Nesting ducks were removed from the park and raised elsewhere to prevent delays of the project and save their lives.

Two safely fostered mallards with Angel Wing will be coming back to the pond.”

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CKM Student Awarded 2017 East Sacramento Preservation Scholarship

2017 East Sacramento Preservation Scholarship winner receives the award from ESP president Janet Maira

2017 East Sacramento Preservation Scholarship winner receives the award from ESP president Janet Maira

Seventeen year-old Ariana Maryland is the 2017 winner of the East Sacramento Preservation Scholarship. This poised, graduating senior from C. K. McClatchy High School pushes herself to achieve both academically and physically. “I’m a Varsity Cheerleader and in the Criminal Justice Academy. From freshman to senior year I rose from the second lowest rank in the Academy to the academy’s highest, most honorable rank Company Commander and performed 375 hours of community service.”

Maryland plans to become a federal agent and found that CSU Chico was a good match. “I was looking for a school specially known for criminal justice. I think venturing out on my own will help me mature, but I also didn’t want to go out of state for school because I would be completely alone,” she said. She starts this fall as the class of 2021 and plans to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. When asked how she’ll spend the money Ariana smiled and said, “a laptop for my classes.”

East Sacramento Preservation is proud to support Ariana’s pursuits and we are extremely grateful to the community partners who help make the scholarship happen. Our donation goals are expanding and we will award multiple scholarships in the future. We would like to express great thanks to the following sponsors. We also extend our thanks to the neighbors would generously gave to the fund. If you would like to donate to our scholarship fund, or become involved in our fundraising, please contact Will Green at (916) 202-7956.

Special thanks to East Lawn Memorial Park, East Sacramento Chiropractic, Tiferet Coffee House, River City Management and Sales and El Dorado Savings.

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