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Titusville Scout Project Supports Waterfowl Conservation
Enhancing Wildlife Habitat
TITUSVILLE, FL - (January 29, 2015) – Have you been out to the City of Titusville’s Blue Heron Wetlands area lately? Seven new nesting boxes were recently constructed and installed at Titusville’s wetlands as part of an Eagle Scout project.
Theodore (Teddy) Kreuger, who is working on attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, selected the construction and placement of the nesting boxes as his Eagle Scout service project after contacting Matt Hixson, Titusville’s Water Reclamation Superintendent. To become an Eagle Scout, which is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America scouting program, candidates must complete a service project that benefits the community. Hixson suggested the boxes as a waterfowl conservation project that would enhance the nesting opportunities in the wetlands area. According to Hixson, “It’s great when the city can assist in this type of service project. The nesting boxes help encourage the ducks to nest here and the wide variety of birds and wildlife bring more people out to enjoy and learn about nature and the wetlands.”
Kreuger, along with other members of Troop 488, constructed and installed the boxes the weekend prior to the Space Coast Birding Festival. Titusville’s Blue Heron Wetlands area is a manmade wetland system located on a 292-acre site. It is a popular site for wildlife photographers and birders and has been included in the birding festival for many years. It is also listed in the Great Florida Birding Trail
. Over 100 species of birds have been sighted at Blue Heron. In addition to the boxes, educational signage about the boxes will be placed in the wetlands and a model box and sign will be available in the lobby for viewing by wetland visitors.
The nesting boxes were designed for use by cavity nesting birds, such as wood ducks. Cavity nesters normally use natural tree cavities or abandoned woodpecker holes for their nesting sites. These birds, however, will also use constructed nesting boxes such as these when natural cavities are limited. The nesting boxes are constructed out of cedar and include an entry hole, scoring on the inside of the front panel to enable ducklings to climb out, and a clean-out door. Cedar wood shavings are used as nesting material, as cavity nesting ducks do not carry nesting materials like most birds do. PVC pipe is affixed to the poles on which the boxes are mounted, to prevent predators from disturbing the nests.