Wednesday, May 30, 2007


We happened to see this mother and her babies at the MK Nature Center, which provides habitat for wild ducks, geese, birds, fish, and other creatures. MK engineers created a set of waterfalls, a beaver dam, and pond/wetlands park on a piece of property in the city. Idaho Fish and Game put in nesting platforms, bat houses, brush piles, and other items to give animals needed habitat. We watched the mallard hen lead the ducklings around the pond, showing them how to forage for food, then take them back to a nesting platform so they could sit, dry out and rest.

MK, or Morrison-Knudson, later became Washington Group International, which now has been bought out by URS Corp. The nature center was built back when MK and its founders were more of a local presence.

Whether it’s for animals, people, or both, it shows integrity when a corporation gives a gift like this to its hometown.

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Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath
--Michael Caine

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