Mallard ducklings swimming in Victoria’s inner harbour now have much easier ways to get out and reunite with family.
The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (GVHA) held a small ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, with six mallard duckling ramps installed at its four inner harbour marinas.
The effort to help the little birds out of the water started when a resident alerted the community about a need for ramps to save ducklings from drowning.
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The ledge around the harbour is too high and without a ramp in place, the ducklings had nowhere else to go.
Last year I did a story about baby ducklings dying at the inner harbour because the ledge was too high and they couldn't get out. THIS year they've installed a duckling ramp and I'd like to think the media coverage had something to do with it ;) #WeDoMakeADifference @CHEK_News pic.twitter.com/O5a5p6MPz5
— Luisa Alvarez (@LuisaAlvarez95) April 2, 2019
The GVHA says when the issue was brought to its attention as a land-holder, the association worked with the city, BC SPCA Wild ARC and the Victoria Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary for ideas on how to help, which led to the installation of the new ramps.
A member from each group took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.