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Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary rebuilding after March snowstorm

DELEVAN—Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary is in the process of rebuilding after a snowstorm on March 2. As the heavy snow piled up on the netting, it began to tear, and added extra weight to the wooden posts causing them, and the fencing, to break.

Most of the large arborvitaes had to be cut down as they either were split or uprooted.

“The six-by-six inch posts that were concreted five feet into the ground all broke,” said Rosemary Miner of the Sanctuary.  


Miner added the netting on both the top and bottom aviaries was completely destroyed and some of the birds got out, but all are now back home, being housed in the bottom aviary, which has been repaired. The Miners are seeking volunteers as the upper aviary will take months to repair and the estimate to fix everything is in the $50-$70,000 range. New arborvitaes and shrubs will also have to be planted. Volunteers are also needed for nest boxes or huts as there are 700 birds and every pair needs one box.

With the insurance payment being very minimal, according to Miner, the Sanctuary will again be holding its annual fundraiser, Taste of the Southtowns. The event will be held Sunday, April 22, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., inside St. Aloysius Hall, located at 190 Franklin St. in Springville. Seven restaurants will be serving 50 food items including prime rib, filet mignon, salmon, beef tenderloin, crab cakes, beef on weck, pulled pork, tacos, soups, peanut butter pie, apple pie, brownies and more. Food items will range from $2 to $5.

There will also be a 50-basket auction, a silent auction, two live bands - Nip n' Tuck and The Rustic Ramblers. Eric Davis will be offering massages for $1 per minute. There is free admission with a $10 purchase of auction or food tickets, and proceeds will benefit Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary.

To make a donation, volunteer to help rebuild the sanctuary or for more information on the Taste of the Southtowns event, call 942-6835 or email or online at There is also a go fund me page

Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary is home to 700 ducks, geese, and swans as well as 78 different species including singing, dancing swans, and 25 rock gardens. The Sanctuary is located at 5067 Townline Road in Delevan and is open in July and August from 2 – 5 p.m.


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