JEFFERSON – Maintaining wood duck boxes is a joy of winter, and one you can join with the Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association (DLWA). DLWA seeks volunteers to help maintain nesting boxes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Â Saturday, Feb. 5,Â 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 10 andÂ 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 17 at the DLWA office to carpool.
DLWA maintains nesting boxes in three areas: Brann Brook, Deer Meadow Pond and Dyer Long Pond. The wood duck nesting boxes mimic the wood duckâ€™s preferred nesting habitat of tree cavities. They are placed at the edges of ponds and bogs to provide cover for the adults and their chicks.
Each winter DLWA staff and volunteers clean out the boxes, identify and count the eggshells, add new wood shavings, add caulk for waterproofing and generally prepare the boxes for next yearsâ€™ nests. Data on the number and type of eggs found is sent to Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Since some boxes inevitably fall down or become unusable, new boxes, which were built by volunteers, are hung each year.
For more information,Â 549-3836 or Julia@dlwa.org.
Contact Name: Julia McLeod
Telephone Number: (207)549-3836