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Bird nests at school vandalized

In one corner of a ceiling outside the Gold Run School office, a few tiny heads and beaks peer out soundlessly from a mud nest.

They are cliff swallows, who come to the area in spring and build nests around the Gold Run School campus every year.

But one recent morning, Don Fowler, the custodian at Gold Run, found some of the nests behind the school gym destroyed and the birds in disarray.



“I suspect it was done by kids in the late afternoon and evening,” said Mary Zezulak, a first-grade teacher at Gold Run. “But I don’t believe they were kids from our school.”

Students at Gold Run appreciate that the school serves as a habitat for the birds, Zezulak said. According to her, cliff swallows migrate this time of the year from South America to the north.




“All the kids were in an upset mood the day the nests were destroyed,” Zezulak said. “The birds were flying all around. The kids would have to duck while walking, as the birds were frantic.”

Cliff swallows breed in colonies – clusters of nests – and birds within the colony are known to share their nests with each other.

“About eight or nine nests were destroyed,” Fowler said. “It’s a real disappointment to see the nests broken after we had decided to let the birds build them. They really don’t do any damage. It was a real let down for the kids when the say the debris.”

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