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Duck settles in at Green Lake Elementary School – UPDATED with photos of the ducklings walking to Green Lake

What do you think? (1 Comment) May 15, 2011 at 7:25PM

 

Photo courtesy Arlene Harrington

Students at Green Lake Elementary School (2400 N 65th St) have been playing host to a duck who has made a nest right in front of the school’s office door.

The duck has been sitting on her nest for two weeks. “We have cones up and a string around the area with a kid-made sign warning passers by not to disturb her,” says Angela Blemker, Kindergarten teacher. “We all feel pretty lucky she chose us as a safe haven, though I don’t really know what she was thinking. The kids don’t exactly walk gingerly in or out of the building each day!”

 

Photo courtesy Angela Blemker

Photo courtesy Angela Blemker

“We’re trying to figure out how to lead the mother duck to Green Lake once she’s ready,” Angela says.

What should the school – and other Green Lakers with nesting ducks – do once the ducklings hatch?

Gayle Garman of the Friends of Green Lake says that there it is unlikely that humans will be able to lead ducklings in any particular direction.

“In my experience,” Gayle tells us, “the ducklings will only follow the mother, and she will lead them over ‘hill and dale’ to find some water. She may follow a small ditch or other small rivulet to Green Lake, or to a small pond, where they should be safer from crows, gulls, dogs, cats and other predators.”

Update, Monday May 23, 2011:

Jamie Matthews, PE Teacher at Green Lake Elementary, sent us the following note and photos this morning:

Mama duck  and her 11 babies were escorted by myself, our principal, secretary and a couple parents down to the lake this morning. This happened just before the first bell rang today.

Drivers around Green Lake were especially awesome and happy to stop to let her cross!

 


Thank you, Jamie!

One Response to “Duck settles in at Green Lake Elementary School – UPDATED with photos of the ducklings walking to Green Lake”

  1. Gayle Garman says:

    Wonderful story and photos.  Our very own “Make way for Ducklings”….I see she used the sidewalk, and I can’t help but wonder if she looked both ways before crossing the street at a corner!