Good News Today - Everything is Ducky at the U.S.Capitol

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In case you are wondering  - there is some peace in Washington DC.  The Capitol building sits in a 58 acre park of tall trees and green grass surrounded by a low stone wall.  The park was originally designed by Felix Law Olmstead who designed the grounds around the National Cathedral and Central Park in New York City.

At the base of Jenkins Hill (where the Capitol building sits) looking toward the mall is a large reflecting pool which is part of the Union Square.  The pool is over six acres in size and provides a welcome break to tourists in the heat of the Washington summer. 

Capitol Reflecting Pool is also a favorite hang out for the ducks of D.C. The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) just made it even more desirable. Two ramps installed Monday are designed to assist the quacking members of the Capitol Hill community get in and out of the water. “Some ducklings have trouble climbing out of the pool or returning to it once out of the water,” AOC spokeswoman Erin Courtney wrote in a blog post, citing as cause the “broad gently sloped limestone coping of the pool.” - See more here.  

Anne Lewis, the president of City Wildlife, said a ramp could be the difference between life and death for the ducklings. “Ducklings get into the water — often helped there by visitors — and then can’t get out because of the high curb at the water’s edge,” she said in an email. “They will drown from exhaustion or die of starvation unless they have a way to get out of the water.”

The duck ramps are painted bright white and say "Duck Ramp" and "Please do not feed the ducks."  I didn't know that ducks know how to read, but I guess they do!  It is unclear whether pigeons and squirrels are offended by the special treatment accorded to ducks.

However.... Congressman Mark Walker from North Carolina - eagle eye for government waste - has expressed his disapproval of this government waste!  Good to know that someone is looking out for us. 

The Architect of the Capitol consulted City Wildlife, a non-profit that rehabilitates animals in DC, to build the two ramps. It then did what any good planners would: convened a charrette to figure out the best design for DC’s feathered friends.  The ramps were then built by employees of the Architect's office. 

 

 

 

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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Lise. The only things at peace in DC are those ducks! Enjoy your day!

May 18, 2017 04:55 AM #1
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Lise Howe and those ducks are the only peaceful sight in Washington DC.... 

May 18, 2017 04:55 AM #2
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Lise Howe
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Barbara Todaro - seriously - when I saw this news report, I had to share it.  I couldn't believe that the Congressman from NC had to protest against it! 

May 18, 2017 05:06 AM #3
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Lise Howe
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Wayne Martin - I am sitting here watching the news and drinking my coffee - I figure we all need a smile this week. 

May 18, 2017 05:07 AM #4
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Gabe Sanders
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Hi, Lise.  I love that duck ramp.  I've never seen anything like that before.

May 18, 2017 05:25 AM #5
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Good morning Lise Howe ,

I love that you found out about this! What wonderful photos and love the article..only peaceful thing going on in Washington DC..you figured right...we could all use a smile this week.

May 18, 2017 05:28 AM #6
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Lise Howe
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Good morning Dorie Dillard - can't believe what is going on in the news these days - I've already been through Watergate! 

May 18, 2017 05:36 AM #7
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Lise Howe
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Gabe Sanders - apparently we have several ramps around DC - one at the Sculpture Gardens too - have a great week!

May 18, 2017 05:37 AM #8
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Hi Lise

What a cool, and very kind, idea. No one else is at peace here in DC - I leave today to head back to San Diego and it's been an interesting time!!

Jeff

May 18, 2017 05:59 AM #9
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Doug Dawes
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Good Morning Lise Howe 

Washington D.C. is on city I really enjoy. Too bad it is occupied by a group of roughly 600 that don't know which way is up.

May 18, 2017 06:17 AM #10
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Brian England
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I have not seen a duck ramp before, but that is very cool.  It's always nice to watch the ducks!

May 18, 2017 06:28 AM #11
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Joan Cox
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Lise, definitely a sweet story on Washington, versus all the turmoil spewed in the news!  Such cute photos!  

May 18, 2017 07:26 AM #12
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Lise Howe
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Joan Cox - Washington is still home to lots of people - and ducks - and apparently the ducks are a lot smarter than we realized  - after all - they know how to use the ramp! 

May 18, 2017 09:54 AM #13
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Lise Howe
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Brian England - absolutely - no one should believe everything they read about Washington - after all - look at the smart ducks that we have in Washington...

May 18, 2017 09:55 AM #14
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Lise Howe
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Doug Dawes - absolutely right - but we have really smart ducks - they knew enough to learn to use the ramps! 

May 18, 2017 09:56 AM #15
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Lise Howe
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Jeff Dowler - I forgot you would be here for the NAR semi annual meeting - I am sorry that I still haven't gotten to meet you! 

May 18, 2017 09:57 AM #16
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Thanks for this interesting duck ramp story.

May 20, 2017 04:46 AM #17
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