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American Association of University Women members learn about wood duck nesting boxes

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Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2011 7:32 am

Members of the Lodi Branch of the American Association of University Women were fascinated at their February meeting during a presentation by Jim Barker, who is an expert in wood duck nesting boxes.

Barker used exhibits and a video to demonstrate how, due to loss of natural habitat, the man-made boxes take the place of hollow trees for the wood ducks to lay their eggs and hatch their chicks.

Even though the boxes are placed at elevations of several feet above ground level, the chicks jump out of the boxes when they are only 24 hours old to follow their mother to water. 

Along with the history of the design and use of the boxes in California, Barker told the group about his involvement with a fifth-grade class at John Muir Elementary School who won first place in the Disney Corporation Environmental Challenge with their creation, “The Wood Duck Book,” which was inspired by one of Barker’s presentations.

AAUW meets on the third Tuesday of the month at the United Congregational Christian Church at 6:30 p.m. for social time and 7 p.m. for the program by a guest speaker. 

The March 15 meeting, however, will be held at the Community Room at the Lodi Public Library, with local author Robin Burcell as the featured speaker. The public is invited to attend.

— Source: Ruth Wright

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