MWDI's Annual Nest Box & Kit Sale
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Since 2004, MWDI’s project sites have generated 40,000+ ducklings over base reference estimates.
MWDI once again (4 years!) has received tremendous support from the Chesapeake Chapter of the Safari Club International and our wood order for box kits to be placed later this fall is assured.
Tawes School is expected to have 20 boxes for sale this fall and a notice on both of these items weill be circulated in late September.
More than 1,250 youth involved to date assembling 1,250+ boxes, participating in multiple field trips and other educational aspects. Click here to see a summary of these activities.
Youth box assembly efforts pending and completed have involved community service projects for high school seniors, an eagle scout project, the Cecil County Youth Outdoors event, DNR’s Hunting & Fishing Day and Maret High School’s comminuty service event.
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. For those responsbile for existing sites who have not yet finalized their inspections…please do so !! Thank you for your consideration. And thank you to the volunteers who made these results possible!
Yet, wider variances now typify certain larger projects which cannot be fully explained and other large projects are still in a general decline. An active rehabilitation program also helped increase the functional box totals last year – another positive variable.
Details will be published and analyzed in a special Activity Report to be circulated by mid-May.
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.