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
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.
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.
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.