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May 6, 2012
In a surprise to those who follow the wildlife in BPC, the ducklings have returned this year, six of them. There was no indication of nesting to most of the PEP and park staff interviewed.
The next six weeks will be crucial for their survival. Last year, Tess Huxley of the Parks Conservancy raised the water of the pond, drowning one batch of ducklings. Then, a second nest was introduced and the ducklings slowly disappeared as a predatory bird ate them.
The pond is not a self contained ecosystem large enough to support the ducklings. The birds require food and care in order to survive until they can start flying (read more here). If you see any signs of sabotage or tampering with the ducklings, please email us immediately.