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Aren't ducks wonderful? There's just something about ducks that makes me squeal with delight when I see them. Even people who aren't squealers cannot deny that ducks are great. Sure, their droppings are a little gross, and they are terrifying when mad, but those beautiful feathers and hilarious feet still catch our eyes.

I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in my love of ducks. There's a reason Robert McCloskey's Make Way for Ducklings is still revered as a classic 75 years after its first publication! Children and adults are captivated by the story and the illustrations of the darling Mallard family.

Fontenelle Forest is a great place to find ducks in their natural habitat. We have streams and marshes – and lately, beaver-dammed ponds – that make for perfect duck territory. Wood ducks and a couple blue-winged teal were hanging around last week, and even more species will be arriving as the spring and summer progresses. If you ever find yourself with an hour to spare, kids who are in a good mood, and lots of water and snacks, you have a great chance of rustling up some ducks near any water you encounter here!

Looking for a more guided experience at Fontenelle Forest? If you have kids from age 3 to 5 at home who would love to celebrate ducks, bring them out to Hands-on-Habitat at Fontenelle Forest on Friday, May 20, at 9:30 am. We'll learn about the crazy things ducks do to live in the wild, practice dabbling for our food, and even have some song-and-story time! Dress for the weather, because we'll be out in the forest for some of our time together (unless there's thunder and lightning, of course). Don't forget to register for this great morning at parentsavvy.com/hands-on-habitat.

Can't wait to see you there!

Lindsay Cooley

from Fontenelle Forest

Lindsay is an environmental educator at Fontenelle Forest in Bellevue. She was born and raised in Omaha, and is happy to be back after spending the past four years interning and working at various nature centers around the country. Lindsay has a background in environmental science, and is passionate about cultivating a love of the natural world in children and adults alike. When she's not cutting out craft materials or taking kids on hikes, Lindsay loves birdi ...

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