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Missing mallard female

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From: Emilie Mims
Burnsville, NC
We have a small community pond at the end if our road which has been home to a pair of mallards for several years. In the last 2 weeks the female has disappeared. Is she is sitting on a nest, would she leave to feed or does the male feed her during the incubation period?

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From: Laura Kammin
Visiting Extension Specialist, Pollution Prevention
Extension-Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program
She could be on a nest. She'll leave occasionally to feed. So you may see her then.

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