The wood duck is the most important species to South Carolina waterfowl enthusiasts and is the only duck for which people can effectively manage production habitat throughout all geographic regions of the state.
Construction of nest boxes (see plans) and erection of nest box units can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience for anyone interested in a hands-on waterfowl conservation project. The best time to erect nest boxes is December through February.
You can also write to Walt Rhodes, project supervisor of the Wood Duck Nest Box Project, Santee Coastal Reserve, PO Box 37, McClellanville, SC 29458 or call (843) 546-8665.
Start with a few boxes initially and increase as local populations grow remembering not to over-saturate. It may take several years before the first box is used, or it may be used immediately. It is best to erect nest boxes in the shallow, permanent water of a marsh or pond having a good mix of open water and emergent plant cover.