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Question #93210 posted on 07/16/2020 8:56 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is it me, or were there no baby ducks this year? I mean, I know I was in quarantine away from Provo for six weeks, but when I came back in late May I expected to see some babies, maybe not newly-hatched, but older or maybe teenage ducks. What gives? Are they in quarantine too? Or is it with everyone in quarantine, no one was there to feed the ducks bread so they stopped producing offspring?

-Cosmo's friend Puddles the Duck


Dear Puddles,

I can't speak for the Botany pond ducks this year--I wasn't at BYU--but I saw ducklings up in Big Cottonwood Canyon's Silver Lake one week ago. Perhaps duckling season came late this year, or perhaps the ducks took advantage of the sudden swaths of campus real estate to raise their young there.


--Ardilla Feroz


Dear Friend,

I have walked by the duck pond many a time as of late and I also haven't seen any baby ducks. I can tell you that quarentine has actually had the opposite effect. With everything else closed the duck pond has become a hopping place and those ducks are looking pretty plump from all the bread people throw them.




Dear friend,

My mother-in-law sent us a picture from campus a while ago of a family of duckies walking around near the HFAC. I also haven't been walking around up there recently but I'm pretty sure I've seen a handful of baby duck photos on Instagram from the pond and trail. 



posted on 07/18/2020 11:46 a.m.
Dear person,

There were at least two rounds of duck babies at the duck pond and around the path south of BYU this year. I observed many duck babies grow into duck adolescents and then more duck babies after that. So I think it was just you and Tipperary. ;)

However, I would agree that they came a bit later than I expected this year. The first time I visited the duck pond this spring, I was dismayed to see no duck babies. But luckily I saw many duck babies later.