Where's the ducks?

Kenny of Grand Haven asked, "My co-worker and I were discussing the amount of ducks we used to see in downtown Grand Haven by the waterfront, but lately we haven't seen any. Does anyone know the reason?"
Mark Brooky
Jul 11, 2014

ANSWER:

City Manager Pat McGinnis was wondering the same thing. He referred me to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for an expert answer.

Nick Kalejs, a wildlife biologist for the DNR stationed in Muskegon, is fairly certain that the lack of ducks on the boardwalk and Chinook Pier this year is due to the recent construction activity at the Municipal Marina. It at least had some affect on the ducks, he said.

But Kalejs is also certain that the Grand Haven waterfront’s lack of ducks is in no way related to the recent waterfowl die-offs in West Michigan.

Larger, diving ducks did starve this past winter because of the persistent ice and resulting lack of food to support them, Kalejs said. Those are not the mallards that we typically see along the Grand Haven channel.

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Comments

jlebrasseur

There used to be two quite friendly ducks that would waddle right up to you down there. They seem to have migrated up to the musical fountain basin as they are there almost every night swimming around before show time.

happycamper

Fish

Keeneye

They know where the ducks went. The peregrine falcons nesting on the side of the power plant smoke stack for the past few years, are also know as duck hawks They'll knock a duck out of the sky in mid flight. They're also tough on pigeons and gulls. which are also tough on tourists, sidewalks, and boat finish's

happycamper

Bait

unclejoe

And you know there's catfish in that channel big enough to swallow a man, so what's a duck or too.

Riverside

We did have a pretty good duck season on the Grand last year, just sayin'

GHSkyGuy

Maybe the City secretly used their sharpshooter system.

deuce liti

I got 'em. I'm building an army of ducks.

You have been warned people of Earth.

Keeneye

The catfish have always been there. those falcons keep the pigeons from nesting in the power plant also.

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