Wood Duck Boxes
Human development and storms have greatly decreased wood duck habitats in recent years. One solution to this problem is wood duck boxes, which provide a stable home for them to nest in year-round. Most ducks will return to these locations for years to come once they have built a nest in one.
Wood Ducks are a common occurrence around the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. They are partially migratory, with the delta and northern Alabama providing the perfect wooded wetland combination for both migratory and local avians.
Annually, Alabama Coastal Foundation has had the privilege of leading the environmental portion of Youth Leadership Mobile’s activity day. ACF leads a discussion about why it is important to conserve and restore the environment. In previous years, ACF staff has helped Youth Leadership Mobile create duck boxes that are currently providing homes for Wood Ducks and other cavity nesting birds like the Goldeneye and the Bufflehead Duck. In recent years we have focused on our Alabama Oyster Shell Recycling Program and students have toured Auburn University's Shellfish Lab on Dauphin Island.
ACF is happy to help construct these boxes for different groups as a part of our educational outreach efforts. If you have a girl scout or boy scout troop, church youth group, sports team or class of students who would like to work with ACF to host a project, email us about it at info@joinACF.org or call us at (251) 990-6002.
You can see more photos from Youth Leadership Mobile as they build Wood Duck Boxes in the photo gallery HERE.