On April 5, 2013, the local Albion Boy Scout troop completed and installed a series of wood duck boxes at the Whitehouse Nature Center as an Eagle Scout Project. The scouts replaced old boxes and installed new ones, giving a total of eight new wood duck boxes at the WNC. Four of these boxes were installed on the Kalamazoo River and the other four were installed in four different ponds on the WNC’s property.
Boxes provide an optional place for wood ducks to nest besides tree cavities. This is particularly important in the face of habitat destruction in the area.
The wood duck nest box project is an example of an eco-success story on Albion’s campus. Occasionally wood ducks are observed on the Nature Center’s property, and there is a hope to see increased numbers in the population soon.