I’ve always been proud of Memorial University for a number of reasons — one of which was the university’s concern for the population of wild ducks living on Burton’s Pond in the middle of campus. I was worried for their breeding ground when “improvements” were made to the south side of the pond; so imagine my consternation when in late 2012 I heard the “no feeding” order.
My feelings were, however, somewhat mitigated by the news that the ducks were to be removed to Quidi Vidi or Bowring Park. The recent disclosure by two biology professors that the ducks were dying of starvation was therefore shocking, and I am deeply upset!
I have been feeding the duck population in Burton’s Pond for more than six decades. I have never seen a rat in the vicinity. In fact, the ducks gobble up the food so that few crumbs are left and the gulls who also hang out there immediately devour any larger pieces; the pigeon population pecks out the tiny bits that may remain. Perhaps the rat infestation is related to overloaded dumpsters by the student residences?
Please give the order to remove the “no feeding” signs so that we duck-
feeders and supporters may continue to enjoy these creatures.