The patron saint of Nelson’s Duck Bay

Avian enthusiast routinely visits idyllic spot by Chahko Mika Mall and Lakeside soccer fields.

Nelson resident Bud Roberds

Nelson resident Bud Roberds

Bud Roberds is always adding feathers to his hat.

“Originally it was just the one, but then I started adding more,” Roberds told the Star, during a Thursday afternoon excursion to Duck Bay. “And then all my friends started bringing me more and more.”

That’s only one way Roberds demonstrates his love for all things avian. The long-time Nelson resident and enthusiastic member of the Broader Horizons seniors community can be seen along the Kootenay Lake shoreline multiple days a week. Often he parks his cherry red scooter down by Duck Bay, the pretty inlet between Chahko Mika Mall parking lot and the Lakeside soccer fields, to visit the waterfowl.

Duck Bay was recently restored by Wildflower students as part of the the Know Your Watershed program, with four species and 22 native plants newly planted on the shoreline, and the spot now routinely attracts pigeons, ducks, geese and a variety of other Kootenay birds.

That’s something Roberds appreciates better than anyone.

“This is one of my favourite places in Nelson,” Roberds said. “I love it.”