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Stop and feed the ducks

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    Ducks make their home in Morris Memorial Park year-round.

Morris Memorial Park is home to a number of amenities, including the Fleming Community Center, Morris Memorial Pool, a pond for catch-and-release fishing, a playground, picnic tables and swings. But tell me, when’s the last time you stopped to feed the ducks?

If you visit the part frequently, you may have noticed that Morris Park’s resident duck population are not migratory, meaning they make their home in the park year-round. During the day, they can be found relaxing under the bridge to avoid the heat of the day, walking around the park searching for food, taking a dip in the pond or visiting the duck house located in the spillway behind the pond. Ducks are naturally omnivores, meaning that while they hunt for food, they are not only looking for the most delicious pieces of grass, but also seeds and small bugs.

So, when spending an afternoon in Morris Memorial Park, here’s a few key things to remember about feeding ducks:

• Ducks really enjoy birdseed, grapes (cut in half), corn, earthworms or meal worms, vegetable trimmings and peels, raw nuts and poultry starter pellets.

• Do not feed ducks bread, chips, crackers, popcorn or other bread-type products and junk food. Processed foods are not good for ducks’ digestive tracks.

• If the ducks stop eating your offerings, stop throwing food. Leftover uneaten food can attract rodents, create unpleasant odors and become moldy, making animals sick.

• Put all trash in trash cans to avoid polluting the pond and wildlife surrounding the pond, including our fish, turtles and other bird populations.

If you’d like to spend time enjoying the scenic pond and feeding the ducks but don’t want to go to the store for supplies, stop by the Morris Pool Concession stand during pool hours and pick up a cup of duck food for just one dollar. This probiotic duck food offers our ducks a complete nutritional meal, while remaining food can easily be picked up by other wild birds that make their home in the park.