Unusual tubes give duck eggs a chance to hatch

ABOVE: Nick Valenti, a Mountain View High School student, and Brandon Crane, a volunteer, work on placing a duck nesting tube on a small island in the Deschutes River in Bend on Monday. The tube is designed to give wild mallard hens a safe place to lay their eggs in spring. (Dean Guernsey/Bulletin photos)

The agricultural sciences and technology program at Mountain View High School was named the best secondary agricultural education program in the state by the Oregon Agriculture Teacher’s Association in June.

The program, led by teachers Jaimee Brentano and Jeff Papke, teaches students about animal science, plant science, metals and fabrication, natural resources, agriculture leadership and more, according to a Bend-La Pine Schools press release. About 230 students enroll in Mountain View’s agricultural science classes each year.

Students in the program recently calculated a Water Quality Index for Tumalo Creek, created nesting tubes for ducks in the Deschutes River and practiced blood draws and injections on simulation animals, the release stated.

“We are excited to earn this honor and highlight how we are building the program and striving to do better each year,” Brentano said in the press release.

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