Spotlight on Ohlone:
Squirrels, ducks, turtles, oh my!

By Anika Dokes, Staff writer.

Thursday, April 8, 2010—Reprinted from Monitor.

It has come to Ohlone’s attention that the wildfire on campus is being tampered with.

Stewart Dawson, who is a campus officer for the Fremont and Newark Campus said, “there hasn’t been any problems with the wildlife and the students should know the rules about not touching the animals on campus.”

Dawson also said, “students should not be allowed to feed the animals or even touch them since it’s the policy on campus.”

Unless Ohlone wants environmentalists knocking on its front door, it is recommended to leave the animals alone.

Not all students provoke the animals. For some, it is vice versa.

Geese, turtles, and ducks at Ohlone's pond. Geese fly across the pond at Newark while ducks and turtles domesticate and claim Fremont campus as their own. —Photos by Amy Kent and Jessie Worden.

Ohlone student Steven Sedaka has had one memorable run in with a certain furry friend more than once. “This giant, mutant squirrel the size of a dog followed me half way to my car, twice.” The animals are known for having a nosey personality.

Natalie Guzman, on the other hand, was in a treacherous battle with ducks “I dropped my books while walking past the pond and at least three or four ducks came speeding my way, quacking way too loud for my taste.”

Last but certainly not least is Tayna Redding who unwllingly shared her lunch with a hungry bird, “ I was walking with a bag of chips and before I knew it a sea gull hit me in the head and snatched a chip right out of my hand.”

The animals that are on campus have made their nests and plan on not departing anytime soon. A permanent fixture has been established.

Outside Building 1, in the crevices are large birds nests, a.k.a. a residential neighborhood for what some would call, “rats with wings.” We as students on campus need to take great pride the beautiful animals that we see on a day-to-day basis.

Make room Ohlone, the animals were here before us.

Squirrels and turtles at Ohlone's pond. Geese fly across the pond at Newark while ducks and turtles domesticate and claim Fremont campus as their own. —Photos by Amy Kent and Alex Glanville.

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