Friday, February 19, 2016

Volunteer with MDC to help Wood Duck populations in mid-Missouri March 12

Annual Wood Duck Nest Box Day at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area provides opportunity to work with experts and learn how to provide quality brood-rearing habitat.   
Register by March 9 for an opportunity to work with wildlife experts and learn how to provide quality brood-rearing habitat.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites volunteers to participate in the annual Wood Duck Nest Box Day at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area in Boone County.  
MDC hosts this event each year to clean, repair, and refill more than 100 nesting boxes with fresh wood chips. These nest boxes provide an enormous amount of quality brood-rearing areas for local wood ducks.  MDC relies on volunteers to keep these nest boxes in good condition and ready for use in the spring.  
This year's event will take place on Saturday, March 12, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.  All volunteers and staff will meet at the Eagle Bluffs headquarters and then split into groups.  Lunch will be provided, but participants should bring snacks and water to have in the field.  Volunteers will need to have the ability to walk in knee- to waist-deep mud and water.  Sometimes the weather can be harsh, so volunteers should bring all necessary outerwear to work outdoors that day.   
MDC will provide some chest waders, but participants should bring their own if possible.   
What to bring:
  • Appropriate outerwear for the weather
  • Snacks and water
  • Chest waders (if you own your own pair)
  • Knee boots / hip boots
  • Gloves
Register to attend this event by March  9 by calling MDC Wildlife Biologist Clayton Light at 573-445-3882, or email Clayton.Light@mdc.mo.gov