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!”
“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!