The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife is offering wood duck nesting boxes for sale.
The boxes are available to the public for a discounted price of $30. The boxes are made of low-maintenance, easy-to-clean plastic. Wildlife staff maintains approximately 350 wood duck boxes on state wildlife areas, and has found no difference between wood and plastic boxes in terms of nesting success or preference of use by wood ducks and other species.
To attract wood ducks, and avoid competition from other species, the ideal location for wood duck boxes is in wooded areas or forested wetlands installed at least six feet above the ground on predator-proof poles. Although the boxes are designed primarily for wood ducks, they also attract other species, including the screech-owl and the European starling.
For more information, call (302) 834-8433 or (302) 284-1077.