There will be 100 new wood duck boxes in Timmins and the surrounding area next spring thanks to the Timmins Fur Council (TFC). The group has resurrected its wood duck nesting box program after a 20-year hiatus.
“One member said it was time to get it going again, and the rest agreed,” TFC President Aaron Powers said.
The TFC enlisted the help of students from Roland Michener Secondary School in South Porcupine. Students cut the boxes and assembled them. The council, with support from a local sawmill and a business in Timmins, provided materials, guidance, and labour to complete the job. The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) provided $6450 from its Community Conservation Fund.
Powers said TFC members will ensure the boxes are in place before the next wood duck breeding season in spring and assist in maintaining and monitoring them in the future.
The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) Community Conservation Fund provided a total of $50,000 for 10 conservation projects in 2023, including this one, OFAH Program Manager Chris Robinson said.