A short trip through unfamiliar territory takes ducks through Village Presbyterian halls to creek waters

The mother mallard and her 11 ducklings make their way through the Village Presbyterian halls. Photo courtesy Village Presbyterian.
The mother mallard and her 11 ducklings make their way through the Village Presbyterian halls. Photo courtesy Village Presbyterian.

Nearly every year since 1993, a mallard duck mother has made her nest in the secure confines of the Village Presbyterian Church courtyard. It’s cozy, green, and quite safe from predators.

It’s also completely cut off from the creek on the back of the church that the new ducklings need to get to shortly after they hatch.

So on Tuesday, when eleven fuzzy ducklings emerged from their shells, their mother started acting agitated — as she does each year — and makes a move for the door. At this point, the church staff know what to do: They open the doors and gently shepherd the mother and her ducks through the church halls (past a flock of pre-schoolers excited to see the parade) and out the north door, where they can easily make their way to the waters of the creek.

“We don’t know if the same duck comes a few times or one of the babies remember where they were born,” said the church’s Laura Davis. “But it’s pretty amazing.”

Check out the church’s video of this year’s duck parade: