Critically endangered ‘diving duck’ chicks hatch at Lincoln Park Zoo

SHARE Critically endangered ‘diving duck’ chicks hatch at Lincoln Park Zoo
ducks_wir_081017.jpg

Three endangered Boer’s pochard chicks hatched July 29 at the Lincoln Park Zoo. | Chris Bijalba/Lincoln Park Zoo

Three critically endangered chicks hatched recently at Lincoln Park Zoo.

The Boer’s pochard chicks hatched July 29 are the first of their kind born at the North Side zoo, the facility announced Thursday. The sex and measurements of the chicks have not been determined.

The chicks are being hand-reared by keepers behind the scenes at the McCormick Bird House, but zoo guests can see two male and two female adult Baer’s pochards in the Wetlands exhibit. The adult birds recently arrived at the zoo.

The Baer’s pochard is a diving duck species native to the wetlands of eastern Asia, according to the zoo.

“These chicks are a huge success story for the Baer’s pochard species, which is critically endangered in the wild due to hunting and habitat loss,” Sunny Nelson, the zoo’s curator of birds, said in a statement.

“We’re excited to work closely with other zoos and aquariums to provide a future for this species and encourage guests to stop by to learn more about these birds,” Nelson said. 

The Latest
Some politicians are mulling rules that would allow abortion vigilantes to file civil lawsuits against women who cross state lines to get an abortion or abortion pills. Illinois has created a legislative working group that is studying, among related issues, the issue of penalties on abortion patients from other states.
Though he now calls New York home, star of the touring production still considers Chicago ‘the pinnacle of acting.’
Last month, Cole kicked off a five-city tour to promote her new cookbook, “Eat Plants, B*tch: 91 Vegan Recipes That Will Blow Your Meat-Loving Mind.”
Fans can buy a bit of the Dutton Ranch lifestyle with Rip’s wedding band ($150) or Beth’s La Femme tee ($69). Finding the items is as easy as scanning a QR code shown during the program.
Kevin Higgins caught a 6-pound smallmouth bass in the Indiana waters of Lake Michigan in late November to earn Fish of the Week.