Three West G high school students helped the Geauga Park District
fullfill some of their wildlife management and conservation goals by installing
3 wood duck nesting boxes on January 31. Junior Katie Fielding, seniors Rachel
Wroblewski and Amber Drensky, and teacher Mike Sustin were guided by GPD Land
Steward Bob Lange at The Rookery in Munson Township. Another trip is planned
to install 5 more nesting boxes on a one mile stretch of the East Branch of
the Chagrin River in the park.
Students in Mr. Sustin's 2007-2008 Environmental Science classes made 20 nesting boxes but could install them in time for the arrival of mated pairs of ducks in the spring of 2008. With the cold temperatures of late, thick ice has formed on the wetlands at The Rookery and on the river as well. Students used an ice fishing hand drill to punch through 8-10 inches of ice to pound the support posts into the muck below.
Wood ducks and hooded mergansers are common waterfowl species that will use the structures, but owls have been known to use them too.