Caltrans asks Petaluma residents to stop feeding birds along 101
By LORI A. CARTER
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Caltrans has asked residents of a mobile home park at the north end of Petaluma to stop feeding the birds so a large stand of trees along Highway 101 can be cut down for the highway widening project.
The birds are nesting in some of the 174 mature redwood and eucalyptus trees that line the edge of the Leisure Lake Mobile Home Park, where some residents enjoy feeding hummingbirds and goldfinches.
Caltrans plans to cut down all but about 35 of the trees, which are protected by the federal Migratory Birds Act while birds are nesting, said John Maitland, a deputy director at the Sonoma County Transportation Authority.
Residents, who want a sound wall along their park, initially thought Caltrans was going to scuttle the project unless they stopped feeding the birds, resident Gretchen Paradis said.