Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Wood Duck Society

The Wood Duck Society is a relatively small bird conservation organization (600+ members) that was founded in Minnesota in 1984. The mission of the Society is to:
Promote sound management of wood duck populations and associated habitats required for their reproduction and survival.
The principal way in which the Society works to benefit Wood Ducks is by encouraging members to build and erect Wood Duck nest boxes on their properties. Thanks to the efforts of the Society, other organizations, and State and Federal wildlife agencies, Wood Duck populations have increased over most of their breeding range since the mid-1960s, as illustrated in the above map (areas shaded in blue) showing trends from the Breeding Bird Survey (courtesy of the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center).


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