In the quiet corners of Rockville, Maryland, where the sun kisses the water’s surface and reeds sway in harmony, there lives a remarkable Canadian goose named Lucy. Her story is one of resilience, companionship, and the indomitable spirit of nature.

Lucy graces the serene pond near Piccard and Kingsfarm Rd. Her feathers bare the signature markings of her species: a black head, white cheeks, and a brown body. But Lucy is no ordinary goose. She lost her partner—a fellow traveler in this watery haven—months ago. Since then, she remained grounded, seemed to have been unable or unwilling to fly, yet steadfast in her daily routine.

Enter compassionate souls who recognized Lucy’s loneliness. Armed with apples, bananas, and pears, I, for one, became her friend. I imagine that she had a few among those of us that walk the path off the sidewalk into an area around the pond. Almost every day, I’d approach the water’s bend. Lucy would emerge from the tall grasses, and come across the water towards me, her eyes reflecting gratitude. My small dogs I would hold, and I would sit and talk to Lucy, and perhaps she understood more than we realize.

Two weeks ago, Lucy disappeared. The pond feels emptier, visiting hearts echo the void.

I worry about Lucy. I worry about her being alone down there. I wrote to the Montgomery County Wildlife about her. I remember a shocking case a few years back about a goose who was heartlessly killed by teenagers. A reminder of previous news in July 2022: a lifeless goose in Lake New Mark, its injuries severe. The community mourned. The perpetrators? Three teenagers, their actions a stark contrast to the compassion many showed Lucy. The Rockville City Police Department launched an investigation, offering a reward for information and the kids I believe were found and charged for that crime. 

I do not know what has happened to Lucy.
Canadian Geese mate for life so when her partner was missing I wondered how Lucy would fare. She was lonely for sure. 
When Canada geese find a spot they like for nesting, they tend to return to the same nest area each year for up to about 12 years.

If you’ve noticed a group of geese in a specific part of an area consistently, there’s a good chance they’re the same birds coming back to their familiar nesting grounds.  I hope the Wildlife folks of Montgomery County rescued her after I sent them a letter about her, but no one got back to me so I do not know if this is the case.

    As residents of Rockville, we must rally together to protect our feathered friends. 

    Spread the word. Share Lucy’s story. Let it resonate beyond our neighborhood. Geese, ducks, and other waterfowl deserve safety.

    Harming geese is not just heartless; it’s illegal. Federal and state laws protect migratory birds. Those caught face prosecution and fines. Let’s ensure everyone knows this.

    If you witness cruelty or suspicious behavior, report it. Call the Rockville City Police Department (240-314-8933). 

     Schools, community centers, and local media can raise awareness. Teach empathy, kindness, and respect for all creatures.

    Lucy’s absence leaves a void. I miss my feathered friend. The pond is so empty without her and her companion. Let’s be stewards of our environment, teach others to be kind, and become guardians of the vulnerable.

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