FEATHERED FRIENDS OR FOES? — Muscovy ducks, like the ones pictured above, can be spotted in many DeLand parks and around lakes. While the birds are considered invasive species, they’ve been around DeLand and many parts of Florida for decades having migrated from other parts of the Americas. According to Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology, Aztec rulers wore cloaks made from the birds’ feathers and the word Muscovy is thought to reference the Muscovy Company, incorporated in the 16th century, which brought the birds to Europe.
Muscovy ducks are so plentiful in DeLand that the red-wattled fowl is almost as synonymous with the

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