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MONDAY, JUNE 28, 2010

After mama duck's nest was raided in mid-April, she came back to a planter at the Lincoln Building in downtown, Spokane, Wa., and laid three more eggs. Today, May 14, 2010, all five of her ducklings were born. Gary Grissom (Academy Mortgage loan officer), the new duckman, has been watching over mama duck from his office window for the last month while she's been sitting on her nest. He's been fascinated by the duck's behavior as well as the humans who came to visit her. She had regular visitors. One woman came by every day to feed her half a piece of brown bread. The sparrows would swoop in and steal the bread most of the time; she only ate three little pieces. Another woman would bring the duck water, which she never drank.  Five people named the mama duck, Grissom said. He didn't write down the names, but he thinks one man named her Francine. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Enough with the bread already

The Spokane Parks and Recreation Department is pleading with park guests this summer: please don't feed the ducks. For the last two years, the parks department has spent a lot of time, energy and money on educating park guests about why feeding the ducks bread...

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