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Duck Friends
February 16, 2024

How the Iconic Rubber Duck Helped Change the World

The squeaking, floating “rubber duckie” we all know and love was originally a solid rubber chew toy, created in the late 1800s through Charles Goodyear’s vulcanization process that made rubber…
Duck Friends
January 16, 2024

Life is Good at Dashing Duckling Farm

When Alex Sargsyan and Shannon Phillips moved to east Tennessee for Alex’s job, they knew one thing for certain: They didn’t want to live in another condo. “We used to live…
Celebrity Ducks
December 18, 2023

Ben Afquack: The Insta-Famous Drumming Duck

In 2019, Derek Johnson had no idea he was about to make a new best friend when he wandered into a farm supply store in Minnesota and discovered a box…
Rescues
November 28, 2023

Birds in Helping Hands: Big Help for Tampa Bay Wildlife

Shelley Vickery has been going to bat for the birds of the Tampa Bay area and beyond for nearly a decade. These days, even squirrels, snakes, turtles, and opossums can…
Meet the Ducks
November 27, 2023

Olivia: A Very Busy Lady Duck

Hi y’all! I’m Olivia and I’m a very busy lady duck. I landed in the city in January of 2020. I may have been just four weeks old, but I…
Resources
November 3, 2023

Dashing Duckling: A Kid’s Book with Political Intrigue

What do a box of strawberries, a magic feather, and the President of the United States have in common? They’re all pivotal twists in a unique children’s book, Dashing Duckling.…
Honorary Ducks
September 12, 2023

Idalia’s Strays: Flamingos in Florida

Feature image by Sunsations Photography, via the City of Treasure Island. Look around a main street or suburban sprawl in Florida and you’ll see flamingos. From lawn ornaments to the…
Rescues
August 25, 2023

How a Surfing Duck Started Susie’s Duck Sanctuary: Part 2

Susie and her surfing duck, Daffy, were at the beach, enjoying their usual session with the nonprofit AccessSurf when it first happened. “Someone brought me this duckling one time,” she…
Rescues
August 25, 2023

How a Surfing Duck Started Susie’s Duck Sanctuary: Part 1

It began with a canal. Susie Wilkinson – a nomadic, former Air Force kid who grew up mostly in Germany – never meant to be a “crazy duck lady.” But…
A photo of a bald man in a white shirt and glasses gesturing to a large black and white duck perched next to him.Our Story
August 11, 2023

One Lucky Duck: How Gabbs Got Saved

Kirkwood Lawler had a lot on his mind in January 2018. Over a few weeks, he discovered his car needed $7000 in repairs, his apartment lease was not being renewed,…
A brown and yellow duckling with bill openResources
August 11, 2023

I Found a Duckling. Now What?

Shelley Vickery, Director of Birds in Helping Hands, knows a thing or two about ducklings in distress. “A lot of times there is one last baby duck, or two. They…
A photo of a juvenile duck sitting on the ground.Our Story
May 27, 2023

Part 1: How Did 2 Ducks End Up Living In A Townhouse?

It all started with my new DSLR camera. And the brand-new family of ducks near my job in Largo, Florida made for perfect subjects. That’s where I met Q, his…
Our Story
May 27, 2023

Part 2: How Did 2 Ducks End Up Living In A Townhouse?

An hour or so later, Bob and I walked into a 24-hour animal hospital toting a duck in a bag. On arrival, the vet staff asked if we were dropping…
Our Story
May 28, 2023

Part 3: How Did 2 Ducks End Up Living In A Townhouse?

In early December 2017, it was time to get a dog. Trust me when I say that my husband wasn’t going to miss this opportunity. Up until then, I had…
A photo of a tiny yellow duckling in the palm of a human hand.Our Story
May 28, 2023

Part 4: How Did 2 Ducks End Up Living In A Townhouse?

Around 8 p.m. on January 16, 2018, I got an email from Q’s veterinarian. The animal hospital had a Muscovy duckling with no place to go. Did we want another…