Now that spring is on its way, humans aren’t the only ones whose outdoor habitats need a little sprucing up. Several organizations in Washington are working to provide wood ducks and other waterfowl with safe, comfortable places to raise their young.
Rick’s Custom Fencing & Decking has provided 100 posts that will be used to support handmade nesting boxes for the Richland Rod and Gun Club’s Wood Duck Nesting Box program, an ongoing project that has resulted in more than 300 nesting boxes along Tri-Cities waterways and a notable growth in the local wood duck population since 1983.
Students from local schools and youth organizations help build, install and maintain the boxes, which provide ducks and other wildlife, including screech owls, flickers and Kestrels, with places to lay their eggs in the hope of increasing flagging waterfowl populations.
- While they construct the boxes, the youths learn about wildlife conservation and the nesting habits of native waterfowl.
- Students who participate can monitor their nesting boxes online.
- The program, in cooperation with the Washington chapter of the wetlands conservation group Ducks Unlimited, aims to help youths develop a sense of stewardship and an interest in hunting and wildlife conservation.
- Within the past couple of years, about 80 new nesting boxes have been assembled at events such as the McNary Kids Duck Banding Day, Carmichael School 7th grade Life Sciences class, Kids Day at the Benton Franklin Fair and the Tri-Cities Sportsman’s Exposition.
Rick’s is proud to take part in this community service project by contributing high-quality fencing materials to help protect the wood ducks’ young!