In Wisconsin, there are two primary types of nesting structures in use, to help improve the odds of brood rearing & survival, in places where natural habitat may be deficient, or non-existent: “nesting tubes”, primarily for mallards, and “wood duck boxes”, which describe a variety of structures which provide an artificial habitat for cavity nesting ducks like woodies, buffleheads, mergansers and goldeneyes, as well as other birds.
- One great resource for a broad overview on the life-cycle of the wood duck can be found here, in the website of the Wood Duck Society.
- Another interesting source to consider, from the state of Washington: Washington State DFW Wood Duck Info.
Our association has a long history of building, providing, placing & maintaining wood duck houses on a variety of public and private venues since our founding in 1984.
Although this work has taken many forms over the years, our current programs include these:
WWA is a long-time sponsor of the Wisconsin Outdoor New’s Wood Duck House Challenge. This program encourages and rewards youth for building and placing new wood duck nesting structures. WWA provides a complementary Youth Membership to every participant, age 17 and younger…
WWA volunteer teams, lead by Waukesha Chapter chair, Mike Alaimo, have installed, and maintain a large number of wood duck houses on WDNR properties in Waukesha and Jefferson Counties, some, as a part of our Adopt A Wildlife Area works in those wildlife areas.
WWA offers completed wood duck houses, and wooden house building kits, for sale at a variety of venues. We currently use a simplified design, which features a swing-side, instead of a door, for clean out purposes, eliminating the need for expensive hardware for assembly. The kits can be assembled using only a couple dozen weather-resistant style construction screws.
We provide these houses and kits for sale, occasionally, when we are at various sport shows, outdoors related events, and at select fund-raising events. We can sometimes make arrangements to meet up with remote purchasers, but we cannot ship kits or houses, due to their weight and size, shipping would be very cost-prohibitive. WWA seeks to provide nesting structures to end-users who will carefully place and maintain them into the future, so they might be successful on the landscape. To that end, we offer these items at a very low rate, which offers cost-recovery for their production, and movement around the state:
Wish to purchase wood duck houses or kits from WWA? We routinely have stock on-hand at several sites, including Kaukauna (Fox Valley), Beaver Dam, & New Berlin. Please contact Don Kirby to determine the best plan for how to connect you with structures for your project. WWA has partnered with many organizations, on a wide variety of project proposals regarding wood duck nesting structures. Feel free to reach out to us, regarding yours. For more info, check out our Wood Duck House Manual.
The association would not be able to provide these nesting structures without the efforts of these volunteers:
Erich Pitz, Wetland Life Member, Lakeshore Chapter: Erich has lead our production efforts for structures for the past several years. Using the resources of his company, McMullen & Pitz, Erich sources all of our wood, moves our raw materials and finished goods, to and from ourbuild-partners at the Blackwell Job Corps Center in Laona, on his heavy equipment trailers, stores our overstock finished materials in his warehouses, and leads our grass-roots fundraising efforts to support this program. Our latest “batch” is more than 450 houses & kits, completed in early 2017. Thanks to Erich for all your efforts!
Rob Monette, Life Member, & the Marshland Chapter: Rob and his band of avid workers have also been an important source of locally produced wood duck structures, and a second distribution point for structures built elsewhere, as well. The Marshland chapter operates in the Beaver Dam area, and this team also leads the annual State Duck & Goose Calling Championships effort.
Want to see the results from a good wood duck nesting box? Check out this video, provided by WWA board president, Bruce Urben. It shows the last few ducklings making the jump down to join their siblings and momma duck, near a pond on his property in Oconto County, WI. Watch the grass area below the box closely, to see all the ducks moving towards the water!