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Rare "Golden Racing Ducks" found only at Allens Pond

Take 5: Ducky Derby

Ducks to the starting line! Ready…set…float!

If you aren’t familiar yet, Duck Derby is a fun annual event where thousands of rubber ducks—sponsored by individuals just like you—are released on an incoming tide for an epic race from Buzzards Bay into Allens Pond.

This Thursday, August 19 from 12:30–2:30 pm, they’ll fight their way to the finish line with fierce determination. The first five to cross win Grand Prizes, and many other lucky ducks will claim fantastic runner-up prizes, including a special honor for the “Slacker Quacker” (the last duck to finish the race). Twenty fabulous prizes are up for grabs, including $5,000 cash!

Entries start at just $10 and all proceeds support Mass Audubon, so every entry is a win for the nature of Massachusetts. But don’t delay! Online duck sales end Wednesday, August 18 at 5:00 pm. If you want to see the Duck Derby in action, you must sign up in advance, as the 1.5-mile hike to the race site must be guided by Mass Audubon staff.

And while we wait with eager anticipation for the launch of the race, here are some more fabulous ducks to feed your fowl fancy!

Common Eider © Robert Rice
Common Eider © Robert Rice
Northern Pintail © Brian Vigorito
Northern Pintail © Brian Vigorito
Common Goldeneye © Michael Phillips
Common Goldeneye © Michael Phillips
Wood Duck © Sandra Taylor
Wood Duck © Sandra Taylor
Rare "Golden Racing Ducks" found only at Allens Pond
Rare “Golden Racing Ducks” found only at Allens Pond