Their descent into the pond has been made easier with help from Facilities employees who’ve installed the now rather famous duck ramp each spring for more than 10 years, refining it each season.
The ramp is installed and used almost every April or May (although the ducks were on hiatus in 2019) so that they can more easily introduce their ducklings to water. In normal years, onlookers enjoy, from a safe distance, of course, seeing them amble up the ramp, led by the mother or father, and then down the floating plank into Drumheller where they drift around, under the watchful gaze of their parents.
The ramp will stay up about a month, if ducklings appear, so that they have time to earn their wings and fly out of the pond. Visitors are always asked to remain far enough away from the ducks and their babies so they won’t frighten them from using the duck ramp.
It’s also in accordance with current social distancing guidelines, as all creatures need their space now more than ever.