Dozens of ducks gather on Blacks Run in downtown Harrisonburg on Friday. City and wildlife officials are asking people to stop feeding the ducks and other wildlife. They cite the explosive growth of the local duck population — plus the long-term harm feeding can cause the animals. (Photos by Nikki Fox)
This young couple was enjoying a balmy November day on Friday in Blacks Run in downtown Harrisonburg. They weren’t the only ones. Scores of ducks are regularly seen in and around the city’s waterways, in part, officials say, because of the lure of food provided by humans.