Woman could lose land for ailing geese

September 2, 2009 6:54:43 PM PDT
There are feathers flying in Marin County and all from the best of intentions. For years, a non-profit has donated space on its property as a hospital for ailing geese and the woman who cares for them. They need to take that area back, and the geese have nowhere to go.

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Chances are, you've heard fairy tale of mother goose. Now in Marin County, there is a twist on the theme mother goose's mother.

For the past 20 years, Sigred Boehm and her geese would have been the soft and fluffy, feel-good stuff of local color along Corte Madera creek.

She's the lady who feeds them, nurses them and keeps the population down by isolating the breeding females.

"Last year I picked up 100 eggs," said Boehm.

But now she and the geese have a problem. For the past five years, Boehm has kept the oldest and sickest geese in a space donated by Marin Services for Women, which now needs to turn it into a patio.

"We are not in the business of rehabilitating geese. We are in the business of rehabilitating women with addiction," said Cindy Meyers, PhD from the Marin Services for Women.

As the facility sees it, this is a matter of access and space. In an emergency, people would have to exit, through here and go right through the space where these geese are. Then there is the simple matter of real estate.

"The environment should be about self-respect, and that is what recovery is all about," said Meyers, PhD.

So Boehm has 30 days to find a new home for her aviary, but hasn't much luck so far. She worries because one of her permanent geese is lame and another is blind. They would never survive in the wild.

"He will be killed in no time by a predator. I cannot do that. I would rather put him to sleep than have him out there torn apart," said Boehm.

Situations wanted -- mother goose and family needs a home for a fairy tale ending.

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