The wood duck's unmistakable colors and squealing sounds separate it from nearly every other waterfowl species in North America. Wood ducks are perching ducks and cavity nesters, which means a wide range of management opportunities are available to waterfowl enthusiasts to personally lend a helping hand to local populations.
Wood duck boxes
Market hunting and habitat destruction nearly made the wood duck extinct at the beginning of the 20th century. A large factor in this was deforestation and the destruction of bottomland hardwood forests. Large trees near waterways offered ideal nesting cavities for wood ducks, but once those large trees disappeared, the wood duck was in trouble.
Creating a wood duck box and strategically placing it can draw birds into an area and create a local population. Location and proper maintenance are the keys to successfully assisting wood duck breeding habits in your area.
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