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Wood Ducks will be Nesting Soon

The Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) lives in swamps, ponds, and rivers throughout the Southeast United States and may be the most colorful of all North American waterfowl species. But unlike other waterfowl, the Wood Duck doesn’t migrate each year, it live here in our own backyards.

Wood Ducks nest in hollow cavities each spring. The female Wood Duck begins searching for suitable cavities in February. Once a cavity is identified, she prepares a bed for her eggs with down and other debris.  The duck will then breed and lay approximately 13 eggs. If she is unsuccessful in hatching her eggs, she will breed and nest again until successful.

Successful Wood Duck nesting depends on the availability of adequate nesting sites and the exclusion of nest predators. Because of this, Delta Wildlife implemented a Wood Duck Nesting Box Program in 1992. The program provides inexpensive nesting boxes and predator guards to its membership and the general public, along with installation and maintenance instructions. Since program inception, Delta Wildlife has distributed and installed more than 3000 nesting structures in the Mississippi Delta.

Recently, Delta Wildlife has received a new shipment of Wood Duck boxes. To purchase new cypress Wood Duck boxes and predator guards for your property, please contact the Delta Wildlife office at (662) 686-3370. The cost of the nesting structure and predator guard will be $30.00.

Delta Wildlife also encourages those who already have Wood Duck boxes to clean them out and replace the bedding material with fresh saw dust or wood shavings before the end of February. It is also important to make sure the boxes and predator guards are structurally sound. This will ensure better nesting success for those Wood Ducks who choose to nesting in these structures.