In the summer time many female mallard ducks bring their babies up and down the lake looking for both natural foods and human handouts. Many people along the lakeshore enjoy supplementing the duckling’s meals. Mama ducks remember from year to year which cabins and homes feed, and will return each year with their new brood, hoping for a free meal for the little ones. Many people up and down the lake feed white bread, which is more of a stomach filler than a nutritional meal. Wanting to be a little better than the average, we make sure to purchase whole wheat or multi-grained breads. Some years they also eat the high protein dog food that we feed the geese families. As years go by, the adult drakes never return for a human hand out, and the females only return with their young. Knowing that the adult ducks do not become dependent on human handouts, and seeing that they only approach people who feed, and are wary of all others, I only feel a little guilty for indulging in this fun, summer pastime.