Lab ducks. What the heck are these two mallard ducks doing outside the entrance to my lab building? Every single day (since it got warm) they sit happily by the door, soft quacking at everyone who walks in and out, like benign and protective duck-buddhas. Why they are there, well, I have no idea. There’s no water or ponds around medical campus. But I look forward to seeing them everyday (and sometimes sneak them a peice of bagel. Happy quacking ensues.)
There’s a male and a female mallard duck, and the female has begun to build a nest. Right outside the door. This reminded me of the female duck “Quacks Reform” which, in 2005, laid some eggs in front of the Treasury Department in Washington, DC. The nest was guarded by Secret Service until Quacks Reform hatched her brood and waddled into the sunset.
While their won’t be any glamorous guards for MY ducks, that doesn’t mean that she can’t have a clever and (hopefully) nerdtastic nom du nest. Can anyone help me think up a name? All I got so far is “Quacks Polymerase” and “Beak Expression.”