Duck family halts work on Melcor Developments’ Stoney Industrial Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Construction near pond delayed until avian family ready to fly the coop
By Thandi Fletcher, Calgary Herald July 19, 2012
CALGARY — A Calgary father is relieved to see a local building company has its ducks in a row with a major new commercial development in northeast Calgary.
Graham McComiskey and his three daughters — six-year-old Rose, four-year-old Anna Clare and three-year-old Catherine — were worried when they noticed that a pond near their home, where they often feed ducks, was being drained.
“They were very sad that this duck pond is going away and very concerned about the welfare of the ducks,” said McComiskey.
The makeshift duck pond, home to two families with ducklings, is actually a storm retention basin on the edge of Melcor Developments’ Stoney Industrial Park at Deerfoot Trail and Country Hills Boulevard N.E.
The company isn’t just winging it with how it handled the unexpected duck discovery. Melcor works with a biologist before starting any projects. As part of the Stoney Industrial Park development, it is also building five hectares of re-created wetland and 16 hectares of protected park space.
Federal and provincial legislation also protects migratory birds, said Ian McFarlane, conservation programs specialist for Ducks Unlimited.