Hey folks, first post here, I don't post up much, other than something such as this.
Good to hear from you Jim, it's that time of the year;)
It's true, wood ducks have become a bit of a target here in Utah, but honestly, this shouldn't surprise us. We've gone to great lengths to keep the WOW program close to us, as Utah's wood duck population was in a "quite frail" situation. Given all the facts, wood ducks didn't rank anywhere near the top of the charts on "the list of importance" here in the state. It has taken years of hard work from a community of people to get us to this point. We've suffered some hearty setbacks, but continue to make great great strides in terms of having a positive impact. We've spent the past four years intensely studying different aspects of the dynamics to our woody's. there have been a host of thesis's done each year by as we continue to shed light on the seriousness of our local population. We've kept a close eye on target hunting, yes evening over hunting. When you slap a band on an avian species, word gets out, and it's gonna be targeted. We new this and have tried to be prepared. Further, we've even wondered when some individual would think he was ahead of the game and start robbing the nests...and we're currently helping educate such lack of intelligence in that manor. But, all in all, the WOW program continues producing success stories. This may sound a bit boastful, but it's backed by solid numbers and years of science; the Wild Over Wood Ducks (WOW) nesting program is more than a science, it's become an art form. With over 1000 boxes placed, we've earned our wings;) just last month, I received an invite from CWA present at their Wood Duck Symposium.
So, long winded, yes, but given the amount of passion and efforts, it's certainly worthy of addressing a few points. If you would like to keep closer tabs on these efforts, drop me a line. If you would like to learn more about these efforts on line, check it out at wildoverwoodducks.org where you will find a myriad of reading material regarding the history of WOW. Even a time proven, fail proof box plan;)
Carl B TaylorCarl@carlbtaylor.com