UPDATE: 100 geese will not be removed from Byrd Park


On Saturday, September 26, 2020, a geese adoption effort will take place at Swan Lake located within William Byrd Park. The adoption of about one hundred domestic, non-migrating geese is being managed by Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, a safe haven for geese and other waterfowl located in North Carolina, with the permission of Richmond’s Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities (PRCF).

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Carolina Waterfowl Rescue announced that will not be taking Bird Park’s geese today.

Area news outlets originally reported that the group would be picking up the park’s geese on Sept. 26. However, on Thursday, Carolina Waterfowl Rescue said they would never adopt birds in a public and open event and weren’t even planning to adopting the geese that day.

The rescue group said they just wanted to hold them long enough to give them health checks and only adopt them after evaluating their family groups.

“Right now due to the public panic over the ‘adoption event’ we are putting on hold our plans to come capture the birds,” the group said in a Facebook post. “We will reconnect with the city on the best path for the geese.”


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