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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Woman donates shelter for park’s geese, ducks

  • It didn’t come in bright wrapping paper or with a colorful bow, but the duck/goose shelter Amanda Main of Hannibal had delivered to Huckleberry Park Wednesday morning was given with a spirit of Christmas.
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  • It didn’t come in bright wrapping paper or with a colorful bow, but the duck/goose shelter Amanda Main of Hannibal had delivered to Huckleberry Park Wednesday morning was given with a spirit of Christmas.
    “It’s time for giving back. I want to give back to something and I picked the ducks and geese at Huckleberry Park,” she said.
    A regular feeder of the water fowl that congregate at the park’s pond, Main’s heart goes out to the birds at this time of year.
    “It just saddens me to go through there and see them all huddled together in a little area of the pond that’s not frozen. I know they’re ducks, but they get cold, too. I want to help them out,” she said.
    The scope of the project escalated over time.
    “I started out planning to get a washer box and make them a little temporary shelter until I went out there and counted the ducks and geese. It wouldn’t hold them all,” said Main. “Then I thought I’d build them something a little more stable. I was going to build them a 4 by 4 box but figured they wouldn’t fit in that either, so I’m making them a 4 by 8 nice little home. I’m going to put straw in it and I have got a big bag of food for them. Merry Christmas to them.”
    Helping with the project was Main’s boyfriend, Craig Elzea.
    “This is my first one,” he said of building a shelter. “I volunteered to do this. It’s going for a good cause ... animals. I love ducks.”
    Work on the project only started in the past week.
    “I know I waited a little late in the season to start doing this because it’s cold out here, but they need something and it’s not going to get any warmer,” said Main. “Now’s the time to do it. It’s the Christmas spirit and what it’s all about.”
    The shelter is big enough that Main needed help hauling it to the park after it was completed Wednesday morning. According to Main, Tallman Towing agreed to deliver it at no charge.
    “I told them what I had going on and they agreed,” said Main. “I don’t know how else I could do it other than to put skates on it and pull it behind my car.”
    Main sought and received permission of the Parks Department to place the shelter near the pond.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Their only concern was if the ducks are all in one area some wild dog or something would have easier access to them,” she said. “I don’t really see any (animals) in that area and I’m out there all the time so I’m hoping for the best. I don’t want them to suffer on the pond on the chance something might get them if they’re not on the pond.”
    Andy Dorian, director of the Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department, had little to say about the shelter.
    “We’ve given her authorization to put that there, but other than that the Parks Department has no comment,” he said.
    The big question that remains is: Will the ducks and geese utilize the coop?
    “I think they’re going to enjoy it,” said Elzea.
    “Yeah, I think they will use it,” said Main. “If I have to I’ll crawl in the house myself, hold out a handful of food and when they get close enough I’ll grab them and put them in it until they get used to it.”
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