Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary Annual Duck Derby Rides Tide to Salty Success
Michael P. O'Connor
SOUTH DARTMOUTH, MA—Jim Krynicki won the Grand Prize at the 10th-annual Allens Pond Duck Derby held August 17 at the Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary in Dartmouth. The popular “race” of rubber ducks along a tidal channel into the coastal pond is a major fundraiser for the wildlife sanctuary and features a remarkable Grand Prize—dinner for two anywhere in the world, including airfare and two nights’ lodging.
Krynicki’s entry, “Sunny,” had to fight its way to the front of a record field—5,866 bright yellow, bobbing and bouncing toy ducks—to win the day. And, to add to the suspense, the South Dartmouth man had reportedly gone fishing on Derby Day and thus was not even on hand to savor the moment of victory. Krynicki eventually checked his voice mail, and learned the tasty news.
More than 50 additional prizes were awarded to Derby contestants, from recreational outings and gift certificates to free admissions and memberships to cultural and environmental organizations. Visit the Duck Derby web page for results and other information.
Sunday morning of the two-day celebration included the Ducky Dash 5K (results at http://www.coolrunning.com/) and the kids-friendly Totally Quackers Obstacle Course. The weekend culminated in the Duck Derby Festival, featuring activities and educational exhibits from Allens Pond and partner organizations, a barbecue and live band, and a silent auction and live plant auction.
Sanctuary Director Gina Purtell was thrilled by the turnout and the response, which resulted in the most successful Duck Derby event to date, she said. “I am so happy and thankful for all of this wonderful support,” Purtell said.
Mass Audubon protects 36,500 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts’ largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state’s natural treasures for wildlife and for all people—a vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women. Today, Mass Audubon is a nationally recognized environmental education leader, offering thousands of camp, school, and adult programs that get over 225,000 kids and adults outdoors every year. With more than 125,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state for today’s and future generations. We welcome you to explore a nearby sanctuary, find inspiration, and get involved. Learn how at massaudubon.org.