Washington Elementary holds fourth annual duck walk
By James Grob, email@example.com
For the fourth year in a row, a group of baby ducks took their first long walk — and it was down the hallway at Washington Elementary School.
On Wednesday morning at exactly 9 a.m., a mallard hen led 11 baby ducks out of their nest, into the school, down the school hallway, out the back door, across the playground, through a wooded area and into a nearby creek.
The hen had nested in the courtyard of the school this spring, the fourth consecutive year she has done so, and her ducklings hatched this weekend. The only way out of the courtyard — if you can’t yet fly — is through the school. Students and teachers gathered and quietly watched in amazement and delight as their duckling friends entered the world.
The mother hen seemed nervous and started to pace around the courtyard 24-36 hours after the baby ducklings had hatched. Washington school faculty is instructed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on how to best let the ducks in, and out again.