The View From the Castle: The cycle of life goes on in our duck ponds, where the predators may be outwitted for a while--until a new one comes along

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Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley, awed at the wonders of nature, describes a new threat to his duck pond. Fences have been able to keep out the mink, raccon, fox, and stray dog, but Ripley is now pitted against the great horned owl.


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Although Ripley does not disclose the name or the location of the pond in the article, it is probable that he is referring to his home, Paddling Ponds, in Litchfield, Connecticut.

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Smithsonian Vol. 6, no. 8 (Journal)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


November 1975


  • Nature
  • Animals
  • Predation (Biology)
  • Predatory animals
  • Ponds
  • Castle View
  • Birds
  • Aviculture
  • Ornithology

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