2011 – Wood Duck Nest Boxes Installed

During the summer of 2011, wood duck nesting boxes were installed at two land trust properties as part of an Eagle Scout project by Connor McCluskey of Harwinton. Two boxes were placed at Bull Pond and another at Laurel Marsh.

Duck box at Laurel Marsh (photo courtesy of Connor McCluskey).

The nesting boxes are intended to provide cavity space for wood ducks that are unable to excavate their own holes for nesting. The nesting boxes have been registered with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and will be checked for nesting success.

male wood duck

According to the CT DEEP, wood ducks were on the brink of extinction by the early 1900s, but have recovered to the point that they are now the third-most abundant breeding waterfowl species in Connecticut, behind the mallard and Canada goose. Part of the wood duck’s strong recovery can be attributed to the installation of nesting boxes. The Harwinton Land Trust is greatly appreciative of the conservation efforts put forth by Connor on our properties.

Duck box at Laurel Marsh, Fall 2011 (photo by T. Christensen)