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Swan hopes taking wing

Thursday, April 5, 2001

BV students restore children's faith with a new trumpeter swan adoption, project has 10 birds to free to wild.

The Buena Vista County Swan Restoration Project wings into spring with new enthusiasm, new contributors and at least one new bird.

Last week, the Buena Vista University environmental club Students Concerned About Tomorrow's Environment (SCATE) presented $250 it had raised for the project's "Adopt a Cygnet" program.

The swan will be adopted in the name of the third grade at Newell-Fonda, which had originally adopted a bird as a newly-hatched cygnet that was later killed in a vandalism incident after being released to the wild on Storm Lake a year ago.

A couple living in Seattle, Washington also learned of the killing of the swan, and gave funds to adopt a cygnet for the same Newell-Fonda youngsters who had adopted the first swan two years ago. They are now fifth graders.

The surprise presentations were made in both the 3rd and 5th grade classrooms.

"The BVU group came to us soon after the killing of the other swan and the charges against three college students in connection with the loss," said Mark Kirkholm, chairperson of the BV Swan Restoration Project. "These students felt very bad for the program and for the children, and they wanted to do something to show that the negative actions taken by a few do not represent the rest of the student body."

Read the rest of this article in the 4/05/01 Pilot Tribune.

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