Ducks galore

Jason Bacaj — Enterprise Staff Writer
Friday, November 19, 2021
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Lee Stroncek takes a break from his morning bike ride to toss corn to the ducks at the Sacajawea Lagoon Friday. Enterprise photos by Jason Bacaj

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A male and female wood duck wait for the next handful of feed from Stroncek.

The ducks around Sacajawea Park are used to Lee Stroncek coming by. The lifelong artist rides his bike down to the lagoon for exercise in the mornings and totes along an old M&M jug full of corn to feed them.

Stroncek grew up in Minnesota and studied wildlife and fisheries biology at the University of Montana and the University of Alaska before settling in Livingston, according to the National Museum of Wildlife Art website. His work is part of the permanent collection at the museum.

He buys 50-pound bags of corn from Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply to feed the ducks, which he says prefer corn to bread. He always looks out for the wood ducks that he grew up around in Minnesota, noting that their population was in severe decline early in the 20th century. But conservation efforts have led to a healthy rebound to the population, according to the Audubon Society.