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Annual Wood Duck Management Workshop announced

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The wood duck is a common sight along Louisiana's bayous. But, they weren't always so common. Only a few decades ago, wood duck numbers were down due to a lack of nesting habitat. Artificial nesting boxes have enabled the wood duck become commonplace, and have ensured their viability for all to enjoy.  The best part of this success story is that anyone can help continue the wood duck's legacy. 

It's really not that hard to raise wood ducks yourself.  All you need is water, brood cover and a proper nesting box.  If you'd like to learn about how you can raise wood ducks and help ensure that the wood duck population stays commonplace in Louisiana's waterways, join the TECHE Project at their annual Wood Duck Management Workshop. This year's workshop will take place at the Bayou Teche Brewing Company in Arnaudville, from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm, on Saturday, January 13, 2018.  The workshop is held just in time to get your wood duck nest boxes installed for the spring nesting season and the location at the Bayou Teche Brewery is optimal as the brewery owners raise wood ducks along Bayou Teche themselves.  The workshop ends at noon, but plan to stick around the brewery for Saturday afternoon music (Bobby Michot and the Coulee Jumpers), food, and brew.   

The workshop will start with a general ecology discussion of wood ducks by Patti Holland, TECHE Project Council Member and retired biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Council Member Brent Miller will discuss his first-hand experience and guidance from many years of rearing wood ducks on the banks of Bayou Teche.  Also, TECHE Project Wood Duck Program Participant, Scott Albarado will share his technical knowledge on how to set up cameras that film wood duck nesting inside the box and the chicks fledging on Jump Day. 

Wood duck boxes will be available for purchase, and if you live along Bayou Teche, you can get a free Bayou Teche Paddle Trail Sign

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