Children build wood duck houses through Ducks Unlimited workshop

One of Franklin County’s feathered friends received some new homes this weekend.

On Sunday at Beeds Lake, the Beeds Lake Chapter of Ducks Unlimited hosted a wood duck house building workshop for area youth. Children five years and older had the opportunity to learn about the wood duck’s presence in the area and then were tasked to build a home for the fowl from supplies provided by Ducks Unlimited. Wood duck boxes simulate nests the ducks build in tree cavities near wetlands.

Carla Berding, with Ducks Unlimited, said the workshop was a chance to get kids involved with conservation and teach them about resources in the Franklin County area. By allowing them to create their own houses, children received a hands-on conservation lesson.

“It’s just a good idea to get them involved,” said Berding, when asked why it’s important to expose children to conservation and natural resource awareness at a young age. “We had the idea to do something to get the kids together and there is a need for them (houses).”

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