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Tiny Bird inspires ACMS students to never give up
Tony Durbin, custodian at Adair County Middle School knew he had to do something quickly for a special bird.
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By Alan Reed
News from Adair Co. Middle School, Adair County School District
For several successive days, Tony Durbin had noticed a long-legged bird holding her ground against the morning and afternoon barrage of cars and buses on the congested drive in front of the school.
On the morning of Tuesday, May 10, 2011, Tony observed the bird in a "sort of crouched position" at the blacktop's edge at the front parking spaces. Thinking the bird may have been injured, he decided to yield a helping hand. As he approached the bird, it was clear to Tony that he was intentionally being lured away.
Tony Durbin had discovered a Killdeer nest in the "no-man's land" of hard gravel---where grass meets hot blacktop and danger from traffic is ever present. Using chairs and yellow police tape, he quickly improvised a "safe zone" for the Killdeer and her clutch.
"It takes nearly four weeks for the eggs to hatch," said Tony. "I hope the kids and parents will enjoy watching what happens."
Young Killdeer are ready to run along with their parents very quickly after hatching. The birds are providing therapeutic relief for teachers and students during the rigorous days of state testing at the school. -Alan Reed
This story was posted on 2011-05-13 11:10:02
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