Culture Art & Media Photo: Mother Mallard and Her Trail of Ducklings By Melissa Breyer Editorial Director Hunter College F.I.T., State University of New York Cornell University Melissa Breyer is Treehugger’s editorial director. She is a sustainability expert and author whose work has been published by the New York Times and National Geographic, among others. our editorial process Melissa Breyer Updated August 13, 2020 Tony LePrieur / Flickr Share Twitter Pinterest Email Culture History Travel Sustainable Fashion Art & Media Holidays Community Our photo of the day comes from Fish Creek Provincial Park, Calgary, Canada. Sure, male mallards may have those eye-catching iridescent-green heads and bright yellow bills. But female ducks get this: A line of ducklings following them about wherever they go. Known as imprinting, ducklings begin following their mother soon after they hatch, and continue to do so for a few months after. According to the RSBP, "they cannot survive without their mother, and take 50-60 days before they fledge and become independent." All of which is wonderfully illustrated in this photo by Tony LePrieur – it's almost hard to tell where mom ends and the babes begin. Would you like to see your nature photo featured as the TreeHugger photo of the day? Join TreeHugger’s Reader Photo Pool on Flickr and add your pictures to the group. Alternatively, send it to email@example.com with "photo of the day" in the subject line.