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Wood Duck - Management
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Wood Duck - Management

Wood Duck
(Aix sponsa)

Management Prescriptions


Management treatments should address the habitat components that are determined to be limiting wood duck habitat potential. For planning purposes, select among the possible action items listed below to raise the quality or availability of each habitat component determined to be limiting. A list of programs that may provide financial or technical assistance to carry out specific management practices is provided.

Habitat Component Management options for increasing habitat quality or availability Assistance Programs
Food Plant, preserve and encourage trees shrubs and herbaceous food plants (see plant species list Insert). WHIP, EQIP, WRP, PFW, CRP
  Restore hydrology on previously drained forested wetland. WRP, PFW, EWP
  Restore hydrology and vegetation on previously drained and cropped wetland. WRP, CRP, PFW
  Establish shallow water areas and artificial wetlands WRP, CRP, PFW
  Provide winter water on cropland and woodland. WHIP
Nesting Cover Install artificial nesting boxes over and near wetland areas. WHIP, WRP, PFW
  Preserve old growth timber, especially large, live hardwood trees in and adjacent to wetlands conducive to natural cavities. WRP
Brood-rearing cover Restore hydrology on previously drained forested wetland. WRP, PFW, EWP
  Restore hydrology and vegetation on previously drained and cropped wetland. WRP, CRP, PFW, EWP
  Establish woody riparian vegetation along streams. CRP, WRP, EQIP, PFW, WHIP
Winter cover Restore hydrology to previously drained forested wetland. WRP, PFW, EWP
  Restore hydrology and vegetation to previously drained and cropped or grazed wetland. WRP, CRP, PFW
  Provide winter water on cropland and woodland. WHIP
Water Restore or establish bottomland hardwood or emergent herbaceous wetland. WRP, CRP, PFW
Interspersion and minimum habitat size Combine above prescriptions to increase interspersion of habitat components or size of habitat blocks available. WRP, CRP, PFW, EQIP, EWP

For landowners interested in making their individual efforts more valuable to the community, they can work with WHC and NRCS to involve school and scout groups and their families in habitat projects. A wood duck management project is an easy way to provide fun hands on learning opportunities, especially for children. If the land is corporate owned, encourage interested employees to become involved. Involve students or scouts in building and monitoring nest boxes. The educational benefits can greatly increase the value of your individual wood duck management project.

   
Heartwood Wood Duck Joy Box Birdhouse
John James Audubon did some of his most famous bird drawings as he explored on foot along the Natchez Trace, which happens to be located near Star, Mississippi, where we design and make all our Heartwood homes. While birding has come a long way since Audubon's time, today with our four-season nesting boxes and basic homes, you don't need to go to anywhere to enjoy all manner of wonderful bird life flocking to your door. Discreet complements to any landscape, these hardy havens are convenient, long lasting and beautiful-the picture perfect start to your life in birding! Season after season, this delightful nesting box is a joy to behold and a breeze to maintain thanks to easy twist latch and slide-front panel that also inverts for winter roosting. So easy to use, so easy to love, it turns birding into child's play! Rugged construction features 13/16" solid cypress and headed ring shank stainless steel nails.
Dimensions: 11" x 12" x 24 1/2"; 4" hole
Made in the USA!

   
Coveside Bufflehead Duck House
The Bufflehead, with its striking white sides and white patch on its head, is smaller than most cavity nesting ducks.Dependent on nest boxes, this house is ideal due to the scarcity of holes excavated by a large woodpecker or flicker.
RANGE: Breeds in Alaska east to western Quebec, and south in mountains to Washington and Montana. Winters in southern U.S., south to Mexico, Gulf Coast and northern Florida.
HABITAT: Nests on wooded lakes and ponds; winters mainly on salt bays and estuaries.

(17-3/4"h x 9-1/4"w x 11"d)

   
Coveside Common Merganser Duck House
This house provides a perfect nest box for mergansers that normally nest in tree cavities. Positioning a house on a pole in the open water provides extra protection from predators.
RANGE: Breeds across Canada from eastern Alaska, Manitoba and Newfoundland south in mountains to California, northern New Mexico, Great Lakes and northern New England. Winters south to northern Mexico and Georgia; also in Eurasia.
HABITAT: Breeds on wooded rivers and ponds; winters mainly on lakes and rivers, occasionally on salt water.

(24-1/4"h x 11"w x 13"d)


   
Coveside Small Wood Duck House
"Dump nesting" occurs when a number of females lay eggs in a single house, which sometimes results in clutches with over 70 eggs. Mississippi State University did a study of Wood Ducks in an effort to reduce this problem. A smaller nest box was designed and "dump nesting" was reduced. Although fewer ducklings are fledged from each box, the survival rate is improved and the cost per fledgling is less. This box comes with a wire ladder and nesting chips, and the front opens for observation and cleaning.
RANGE: Breeds from British Columbia south to California, and from Montana east to Nova Scotia, and south to Texas and Florida; absent from Rocky Mountains and Great Plains. Winters near Pacific Coast north to Washington, and to New Jersey in East, rarely further north.
HABITAT: Nests beside wooded rivers and ponds. Visits freshwater marshes in late summer and fall.

(17"h x 7-1/2"w x 15"d)

Coveside Wood Hooded Merganser Duck House
Coveside's Wood Duck House opens two ways for observation and cleaning, and has an internal ladder for the duckings to climb out. Mother calls ducklings to the protection of the open water at age one day.
RANGE: Breeds from British Columbia south to California, and from Montana east to Nova Scotia, and south to Texas and Florida; absent from Rocky Mountains and Great Plains. Winters near Pacific Coast north to Washington, and to New Jersey in East, rarely further north.
HABITAT: Nests beside wooded rivers and ponds. Visits freshwater marshes in late summer and fall.

(24-1/4"h x 11"w x 15"d)


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