Wood Duck Boxes Available
Data base to be expanded beyond public sites. Better understanding of Maryland's "decade of decline" sought. Read more...
2013 Hatch Survey 50% complete.
Production estimated to be up 8-10%
Production may approximate 7,800 ducklings up 8-10% from the 2012 hatch estimated at 7,179 ducklings. Functional box numbers are likely to be very similar to last year’s 1,708 and may total 1,720 from 87 sites. Only about 50% of the sites have reported figures yet and production is up about 5%. Very wet spring weather was especially beneficial in creating excellent habitat for many non-river project sites. Many small to mid-size projects have reported moderate to large production gains. Yet, wider variances now typify certain larger projects which cannot be fully explained and other large projects are still in a general decline. For example, Chicamicomico dropped to 379 ducklings in 2012 from 674 but it will likely rebound to about 550 once spatterdock recedes and all boxes can be checked. Chesapeake Farms dropped to 362 from 443 (peak 564), Bosley from 439 to 381 (peak 487) and Jug Bay to 500 from 518 (peak 900+). Go figure!
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MWDI is still collecting private sector program data but the pace has slowed due to personal time constraints. Please send along any info you might have about functional boxes or private programs you know of to assist our production estimation process of artificially raised Maryland woodies.
The Tawes School boxes are all sold. A lumber order for cypress will be placed in early November for wood, kits and boxes. A flyer will be cirulated shortly. MWDI does not maintain a box or kit inventory for sale nor do we ship boxes and kits. Maryland Waterfowlers provides predator guards to private sector programs and we assist them coordinate pickup / delivery. Please see the website link for details.
In other matters, since April, MWDI supported or conducted four youth oriented box assembly events at the DNR Hunting & Fishing Day, the Northern Chesapeake Sportsmen for Kids event, Maret High School’s community service day and Crofton’s Cub Scout Pack. We continue to work with other scout groups on prospective Eagle Scout projects.
Special lumber funding recognition is again due the Chesapeake Chapter of Safari Club International and the First and Frankin Presbyterian Church in Baltimore (Alternative Christmas Market), as well as Chesapeake Farms (Dupont) and Field & Stream / Toyota. MD DNR’s Wildlife & Heritage Service has continued to provide its essential support in many areas not the least of which is the necessary supply of predator guards and associuated materials for our public sites.
MWDI has supplies for new projects if you wish to initiate one. All we ask for is decent public site habitat and a willingness to monitor the project after you install it. We have a backlog of volunteer requests to pursue but it is not easy matching such inquiries with geograhpic and logistical niches.
Thank you for your consideration. And thank you to the volunteers who made these results possible!
Maryland Wood Duck Initiative
The Maryland Wood Duck Initiative is an all-volunteer wildlife
conservation effort started in late 2004. Our objectives are to
enhance Maryland’s wood duck population and to generate a greater
appreciation of the wetland habitats in which they live by
advocating and demonstrating the merits of a “best practices”
approach in managed nest programs.
Leveraging these focused efforts on the wood duck, we seek to provide a Total Wetlands Experience for our volunteers and the “next generation” through the development of complementary educational programs, internships and research projects.