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Mallard ducklings on duck blanket 050511 KM (1) Although spring-like weather has been slow in coming, recent patient admissions at the PAWS Wildlife Center suggest the bird nesting season has arrived right on schedule.  Baby songbirds of a variety of species have begun to trickle in, and mallard ducklings have been arriving singly and in groups.  Most of the ducklings that we’ve received were found wandering alone with no sign of their mother.  Mother mallards often nest far from the nearest lake or stream.  When their young hatch, they must guide them on what is often a very perilous journey over and around obstacles and across busy roads to reach the water.  Mothers and young often become separated along the way.  Keep your eye out for waterfowl families trying to cross the road this spring and do your best to give them a break.

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