What a pleasure to be surrounded by bright, curious little kids, and
their tender hearts.
Thanks for sharing these stories.
On 4/26/2016 9:52 AM, alison wagner wrote:
> Fellow birders,
> Snow on the 26th of April has enabled me to find, for the first time
> in ten years, the Killdeer nest on top of the 1958 wing-addition of
> the Hinesburg Community School! This roof has been habitat for the
> shorebirds every year, but they have blended in so well with the
> multi-colored round stones, they've always eluded my detection.
> Regardless of my endless searching and waiting for a changing of the
> guard, I've never found them (like looking for that one jigsaw puzzle
> piece that MUST be missing). Until now! Like Horton the elephant, the
> Killdeer are faithful 100 percent! The snow is melting on the parent
> on the nest while it covers the roof around them and eliminates their
> ability to hide.
> I've been able to share this with middle school students and the
> timing is perfect as they have been learning about natural selection!
> Questions are coming out:
> What will happen to the eggs? ( hopefully the parent's body will keep
> them warm)
> Can we bring the eggs inside to keep them warm? (it's best to let
> nature do the work)
> Will the eggs freeze? What if they die? (the parents will try again).
> Fingers crossed they'll all make it through this cold spell and face
> the challenges that await the chicks after hatching!
> Ali HCS (& Huntington)