Mother's Day at The Lake

joan marie By joan marie, 10th Apr 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1ozyhki_/
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Someone has tampered with the balance of lake wildlife and things are different. Mother Nature and man are often cruel.

Life Goes On


It’s a beautiful Florida morning. I pour my first cup of coffee, grab some crackers to feed the mother duck, and her babies, and to the lake I go to watch the sunrise over the trees. The air is sweet and there is a slight breeze caressing my skin. The day promises to be swelteringly hot.

I glance up and down the lake. I spy the duck family. The closer she gets, I see that she's lost two more, only one baby remains. I am unhappy by this, although, I know it's the cycle of life at the lake. A tear escapes my eye.

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There was a disruption in the balance of our lake this year. There should be at least four or five sets of babies. They usually have ten or twelve as in the lake life they will be part of the food chain.

This year is different. Chinese restaurants have been paying young teenage boys looking for a quick buck to steal them. I have caught them trespassing in my yard twice. This is a problem in the three other counties surrounding mine, also. I have been feeding all the generations, and feel guilty allowing them to become so used to humans, they've become easy to catch.

After a call to our Florida's Wildlife Commission, I find that they are feral and are without protection. I called the police and got a sympathetic officer. I explained to him that I caught them red-handed with nets. He can't do anything unless he catches them on my property. He offers to take the license plate number and truck make to see if there are warrants for the three boys. Although, the policeman is unable to help me, he will write a report and I tell him next time I will take a picture. He tells me that would work.

Our neighborhood watch program is great, and has chased them off the property; however too too late for many of our generations of ducks that have called this home.

Because of the decimation of this population, the balance of life here is off. We also have an Osprey. He needs to eat. I don't know if the lake ducks will survive here. There are so few left.

I don't know if the lakes here will ever be the same. A different feeling pervades it. Perhaps next year things will be different. Perhaps not.

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Crackers, Duck, Ducklings, Ducks, Food, Nature, Natures Ways, Short Story, Water, With Nature

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author avatar joan marie
I have been writing since 2004. I enjoy several different genres and write about the disenfranchised, homeless, mentally ill. I also love to write about my two roommates. They are Dillard & Dabney McFurperson. I enjoy writing humorous poetry and shor...(more)

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author avatar Retired
10th Apr 2011 (#)

Lovely verse and outstanding photos. Thanks!

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
10th Apr 2011 (#)

What great photos of your little friends. And to have them so tame is great. I bet they would like some romaine lettuce too.

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author avatar joan marie
10th Apr 2011 (#)

They also eat meat, which I didn't know. They love hot dogs and I used to throw out corn seed, too. It takes a long time to get their trust. Once it is won the feeling is so wonderful. jm

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
10th Apr 2011 (#)

How sad that people should do this.. not just the restaurant, but the boys too. Shame on them. You should write a letter to the Editor of your local newspaper - parents should be talking to their sons NOT to do this. How sad for the birds.
As a note, I have pet Call Ducks myself!

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author avatar WordWulf
10th Apr 2011 (#)

Great slice-of-life piece on behalf of the critters. They certainly deserve better.

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author avatar Kathy
10th Apr 2011 (#)

What an inhumane thing to do. We here in Mass. had a chinese restaurant closed down 3 times for storing frozen cats!!! Boycott? Nice write and awareness. :(

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author avatar Songbird B
10th Apr 2011 (#)

Joan Marie, how I enjoy reading about your wildlife, especially when you write of it with such love...This is a sad reflection on life, where too many of the young value money over anything else....I do hope somehow the balance of life on your lakes can be corrected...

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author avatar Delicia Powers
11th Apr 2011 (#)

So very sad but beautifully done Joan Marie , thank you

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