AMA Sportsman’s Club involve youth in wood duck box building

 

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By Ron Giofu

 

Wood duck boxes that have been put up in recent years in Essex County have increased the population of that species of ducks with local youth having a hand in that.

Now, more young members of the Amherstburg community will have a chance to see if their efforts will expand the wood duck population going forward.

The AMA Sportsman’s Club hosted roughly 45 children and their parents and grandparents Saturday morning with a group of club members helping them to build new wood duck boxes. Ron Deslippe said he helped organize the event and it is something they do about every two years or so as that is how long the previous boxes last.

Roughly 45 children along with parents and grandparents helped build wood duck boxes  at the AMA Spontsmen’s Club last Saturday.

Roughly 45 children along with parents and grandparents helped build wood duck boxes
at the AMA Spontsmen’s Club last Saturday. (Photo by Bob Wilson)

“We put 40 boxes together,” said Deslippe.

The boxes will go from roughly Amherstburg to Kingsville and be placed in marsh areas. Some of the local spots include near Big Creek, River Canard and in the Lake Erie Country Club.

Deslippe said they know the boxes are being used, as when members of the club check on them, cracked eggs are found inside indicating baby ducks were hatched. Youth got a chance to learn about duck boxes and picked up a few motor skills as well thanks to Saturday’s exercise, he added.

“Our club is totally voluntary. No one gets paid. I think that’s what keeps us going,” said Deslippe.

Deslippe added the AMA Sportsman’s Club gets about 35 children and youth for air rifle on Wednesday nights while about 45 come out for archery on Monday nights. He said those programs are open to all children. For information, call the club at 519-736-5706 or visit www.amasportsmen.com.

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