This summer we were especially successful in fostering the ducklings we received. We admitted more than 120 Mallard ducklings this summer, either found with dead females or wandering alone.
We also received calls about female mallards nesting in crazy, inappropriate places where the ducklings were unlikely to survive. One even nested up in a spruce tree at the downtown City Hall building in Red Deer. Our staff have become very good at catching both the female and her chicks! When we would receive the call about another duck, staff and volunteers were dispatched, catching every one.
But it didn’t end there. With a pond full of orphans, each of those rescued Mallards were relocated to a much safer wetland with just a few more ducklings than they started with.