Monday, May 11, 2009

Make Way for Ducklings . . . Literally!

After nesting for about a month in the safe and enclosed courtyard of Jenks Library on the Gordon College campus, 12 healthy yet confined ducklings emerged on Friday, May 8. The mother duck had laid her nest under the Registrar’s Office window, and when the staff found that the lucky day had arrived, they also realized the predicament the ducklings were in.
To free the mother and ducklings—Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, Rack, Sack, Tack and Uuack—the only option was to create a walkway through the winding hallways of the building. Enthusiastic students joined the Registrar’s Office staff and biology professor Greg Keller to block adjacent hallways and direct the mother, followed by her brood, through the building in a modified “Make Way for Ducklings” sequence. Crisis was averted when one wayward duckling was rescued from a deep hole on the way to the closest wetland. The mallard family is now enjoying a more accessible home on Coy Pond.
Dr. Keller is a conservation biologist. His research interests include how migratory birds are impacted by habitat fragmentation. Visit his website.

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