It's Lent, the time several weeks before Easter, when baby ducks, rabbits, chickens, and who knows who will be bought on impulse. Then it is just a matter of weeks before a number of the animals will be dumped or given away. Those of us who either have been planning to get our first flock, add to our flock, or whose arms I can twist into taking more critters in (only if you can manage, now, don't get in over your head) have an opportunity to help these littles. But even before then, it is time to write letters to the editor, post on your blog, talk to your school (if they're hatching, where will the hatchlings go, for example), start a Facebook meme about preventing the abandonment of Easter baby animals. You might offer alternatives - those of us who are crafty could make baby critters out of cupcakes, or crochet, or felting, or . . . and offer them for sale. Maybe host a party for kids, with your own ducklings or chicks in a sweet little crib (look, don't touch) for folks who want their kids to see duckies or chickies. Or you might offer coaching to someone you know who made the leap without being prepared for their littles growing up. I think most of us have done something on impulse once or twice, yes? And we would have appreciated someone coming alongside and helping out. Or not, I suppose…. Those are my ideas - discourage the impulse buys, encourage alternatives, and deal with the cast-offs Let's be proactive, and reduce the suffering in the world. Would be lovely if these ideas were not necessary, but at least we can think ahead a little and do some good. Thanks, fine Duck Forum members.