MARYSTOWN, N.L. – The Green Team at Smallwood Crescent Community Centre in Marystown was busy building homes on Thursday, Aug. 2.
Homes for ducks, that is.
Ducks Unlimited Canada partnered with the team to construct nesting boxes and place them around the local area.
“The kits are built in New-Wes-Valley and shipped to us and we put them together with different groups across the province,” said Diane Pelley, a conservation specialist with Ducks Unlimited Canada.
“We use them as like an educational tool as well as an outreach tool to get them put together.”
There are three different types of cavity-nesting ducks, Pelley said, adding the boxes the Green Team were building would likely be used by the goldeneye.
Ducks can sometimes have trouble finding places to hatch their eggs and raise their young.
“They nest in trees,” Pelley explained.
“A lot of times large trees get blown over in Newfoundland or they’re cut down for the forestry industry. So, a lot of times there’s not enough natural cavities for them to go in.”
Claire Broders, the Green Team leader in Marystown, said building the boxes was different from other activities the group has undertaken this summer.
After building one, Broders, who will be entering Grade 11 at Marystown Central High School in September, was starting to get the hang of it, she said.
The Green Team program is an initiative of the Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador.
“It’s a really good experience,” Broders said of the program. “It’s lots of hands-on stuff, so it’s a lot more fun and interesting.”
Pelley said each nesting box conserves one acre of habitat.
“We’ve had a lot of success on the west coast. We have a couple of volunteers there that make their own boxes and put them up,” she said.
Ducks Unlimited follows up and collects information on the nesting boxes, Pelley said.
“We put that in a big database and that helps us inform conservation in the province,” she said.
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