While we acknowledge the quality of the wetlands at the National Geographic Society’s headquarters, those of us at the Wilderness Society take exception to the suggestion that our location “wasn’t to the liking” of the duck that recently brought 10 ducklings into the world [“Offering sitting ducks an assist,” Metro, April 23].

The mother, with any number of choices, selected a planter in our Sumner School courtyard for the all-important task of nesting. We like to think that she selected that site to acknowledge our work protecting wilderness, national wildlife refuges and other high-quality duck habitat. Some of her relatives depend on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, for example.

She may also have been attracted by our collection of Ansel Adams originals, which she stared at through our windows. They include images from the Big Sur Coast, the Sierra Nevada, Hernandez, N.M., and other duck favorites.

After weeks of successful nesting here, she crossed M Street, presumably to find water. For Post readers more interested in Ansel Adams’s art than water, however, the Wilderness Society may be a better destination. We charge visitors the same price we charged Mrs. Mallard: Nothing.

William H. Meadows, Washington

The writer is president of the Wilderness Society.


According to The Post:

“The mama duck appeared nearly two weeks ago. She soon gave birth to 10 hatchlings somewhere across from National Geographic’s offices. . . .

I was surprised to find this story in the Metro section. When a duck gives birth (as opposed to, say, laying eggs), I think that’s front-page news!

Dan Goldstein, Rockville

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