The S.C. Wildlife Federation is partnering with Duke Energy to construct and erect wood duck nesting boxes on the shorelines of Lake Wateree, Fishing Creek Reservoir, Rocky Creek, Cedar Creek Reservoirs, the Wateree River and smaller ponds in between. Volunteers are needed to host a box and also to monitor nests, record data and maintain boxes on Duke Energy’s property or on public lands. To host a wood duck box on your property or want to volunteer, go to www.scwf.org/events-1/2018/5/29/scwf-wood-duck-box-program.
Once threatened with near extinction from habitat destruction and overharvesting, wood duck populations are now steady or increasing. The South Carolina Wildlife Federation (SCWF) is partnering with Duke Energy, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and the Lake Wateree Association to increase wood duck populations by constructing and erecting 80 wood duck nesting boxes on the shorelines of Lake Wateree, Fishing Creek Reservoir, Rocky Creek, Cedar Creek Reservoirs, the Wateree River, and smaller ponds in between.
SCWF will coordinate with property owners, volunteers, biologists, and rangers to determine suitable sites for wood ducks. The goal is to install boxes prior to the start of the 2019 nesting season. Wood ducks begin to pair with each other starting mid-October. Once a nest box is used, it will likely help raise many broods over the years to come. Boxes will be placed in locations that are convenient for monitoring and maintenance.
Volunteer involvement is integral in helping to foster community-wide awareness and appreciation for the project. The wood duck project aims to engage the community in long-term and sustained conservation actions. This project is great for people of all ages. SCWF is actively searching to recruit volunteers to assist in all facets of the project, including nest monitoring, data recording, and witnessing, first hand, the life cycle of the wood duck.