CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — A family of ducks has been evicted after building a nest and laying eggs at the rooftop learning area of the downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library.
Library workers discovered the nest earlier this week in a planter on the rooftop garden and called Indian Creek Nature Center to help determine what to do. Indian Creek referred the library to wildlife rehabilitator Amber Oldfield, who removed the nest Thursday and plans to take the eggs to an incubator to hatch. She plans to then raise them and releasing them back into nature.
Oldfield says the ducks were protective of the nest and keeping it in the public area would have been risky to both people and the ducks. She also worried the height of the planter would present a fall risk to the ducklings when they hatched.
The rooftop garden opened as part of the new downtown library last year. It is open to the public during library hours and is used to host events as well.