Creating homes for waterfowl in the Codroy Valley
NCC conducted a fun and interactive outreach and education program for students of Belanger Memorial School in the Codroy Valley.
In May 2016, NCC staff partnered with Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) staff to offer a waterfowl and wetland education event to the students. NCC has connected with students in Newfoundland’s Codroy Valley since 2014, thanks to the keen interest of the teachers at Belanger Memorial and the continued support of the Codroy Valley Area Development Association. These relationships have allowed NCC to maintain a continued presence in the lives of local students, encouraging pride in and connection with their natural surroundings.
This year’s event focused on installing nest boxes. Some waterfowl, such as wood ducks and hooded mergansers, make their nests in tree cavities. These cavities are formed in a number of ways, including woodpecker excavation, disease and lightning strikes. Nest boxes provide additional options for nesting waterfowl.
NCC staff introduced the students to nest boxes and the species that use them, before setting out to install the boxes around the estuary.
Following the event, staff provided the teachers with maps to the three nest boxes. Come the end of nesting season, students will be able to visit these locations to see if the boxes were used, make sure they are in good condition and restock the wood shavings within. As the boxes were provided by DUC, they are also registered. This means that any data collected by the students can be submitted to DUC for tracking nest box success and use.