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Wood Duck Nest Box Information Sought From Private Landowners

Wood Duck
Photo from USFWS public domain

Private landowners who manage wood duck nest boxes are asked to participate in a survey to help the State determine the number of nest boxes managed by private landowners, and the role that the boxes play in supporting these birds.

The survey ─ a cooperative effort of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Maryland Wood Duck Initiative (MWDI) ─ was developed to determine a statewide estimate of duckling production from nest boxes. These results are calculated by taking inventory of wood duck nest boxes on private land and combining the results from public land.

The survey asks for basic information─ the number of nest boxes and a general location of where they are located. Citizens with wood duck nest boxes on their land can participate by: Entering their survey information using DNR’s online form; Providing their information by contacting Cliff Brown, Director of MWDI at 703-447-5142 or; Or by mail to MWDI, 3021 45th St. NW, Washington, DC 20016.

MWDI is an all-volunteer wildlife conservation effort working to enhance Maryland’s wood duck population and to generate a greater appreciation of wetland habitats. MWDI has partnered with DNR since 2004 to build, place and maintain over 1,700 nest boxes on 85 public areas in the State. Each year these boxes produce over 7,500 ducklings. Plans for building nest boxes, best management practices for managing nest boxes as well as the results from the nest box program are available on the MWDI website