Date: 3/25/20 1:46 pm From: Martha Jordan <mj.cygnus...> Subject: [Tweeters] wood duck nest boxes and live cams
The Richland Rod and Gun Club has a Wood Duck Program. I am passing on this email for anyone interested in following some of the boxes that have live cams or want to view via YouTube. It is really worth watching. They also do banding and are working on owl cams.
Please find pasted below today's e-mail from Richland Rod & Gun Club with interesting information regarding their Wood Duck Program. There are some results from last years program and they do have a hen sitting on eggs as of yesterday:
We have accomplished performing the annual maintenance of all 474 nesting boxes that were available for wood ducks last nesting season. We have replaced some of those boxes that have reached the end of their life with boxes built by youth at the Sportsman Show or Kids Duck Day, and by students at Libby Middle School or Homeschool students. The data collected during the effort shows 56.5 % of boxes were used by wood ducks, 86 boxes were used by Western Screech Owls, cooperative banding with WDFW installed 17 new bands on owls and had 24 owls recaptured having been banded in previous years. There were 186 nest boxes that had successful hatching of ducklings evidenced by us counting 1214 membranes. We believe this number is a very conservative estimate of the actual number of ducklings that were hatched and jumped from the nest boxes. The reason we feel the number is lower than actual is because many membranes are "lost" between the hatch and when the box cleaning is performed months later.
Now that all the boxes are ready for hens, we will start to survey boxes for banding efforts. A few selected checks indicate the early nesting activities have started. One box checked on 3-22-20 we found and recaptured a hen sitting on 10 eggs. This hen is a banded hen that has returned to this same box or adjacent boxes since 2016 when she was first banded. Additionally we had deployed a geolocator on this hen last year on 4-23-19. Her nest hatched out and jumped from the box on 5-19-19. Apparently the ducklings perished and she re-nested in the same nest box which jumped on 7-15-19. The geolocator has been recovered/removed to download the mini data logger data and we will report on the migration data after the data is processed and analyzed. We are hopeful that we will recover more of the 16 geolocators that were deployed last spring when we get further into the nesting season.
We hope to add cameras and additional channels as we find active nesting hens or screech owls.
The field trip of students from Libby Middle School had to be canceled because of the virus issues. We are hopeful to possibly make some Facebook LIVE broadcasts of our banding so that students can still be involved. The cooperative banding program with WDFW will be ramping up from mid-April till late May.