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Ducks, Geese Returned to Riverside Pond | SLIDESHOW

3:23 PM, Oct 4, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  A special homecoming is planned for today.

The Riverside Duck Pond, which is located near 5 Points, has been a green mess for years.  The city of Jacksonville recently drained it so it can be replaced with clean sand and water.

The turtles were removed from the beginning of the project, but the ducks and geese weren't.

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As things dried up, wildlife rescuers and residents were concerned that they weren't getting fresh water and food.

After complaints, all of the birds were removed and taken to  bird sanctuary BEAKS where they could be monitored closely.

The Riverside Duck pond is now re-filled with fresh water and people are excited to see the change.

"Was wondering where all the muck came from and I was wondering how it affected all the birds and the things living there and it looked like kind of an unhealthy situation," said Riverside resident Brian Gerrits.

Adam Hoyles with Onsite Environmental Consulting says the 60 or so birds will be returned to the pond by noon today.

"We're glad to see everybody getting together and it's going to be nice, going to be really nice," said Riverside resident Earl Perkins.

People who became accustomed to seeing and feeding the birds regularly say they're ready for the return.  Some even plan to be on hand with cameras to take pictures.

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