CWF3 board members teamed up this summer with the Wisconsin DNR to set marshmallow, peanut butter, and tetracycline filled bait boxes in central Wisconsin to help biologists estimate the black bear population.
The Central Wisconsin Fur, Fin, & Feather board along with their family and friends spent a day on the Sportsman Lake in Owen hanging wood duck houses. CWF3 founding board member, Brian Hanson, spearheaded this project in conjunction with DNR biologist, Matt Zeronski during the fall of 2010 and continues to be an ongoing project for the F3 organization.
This has truly been a community project from the beginning—the wood duck houses were built by the seventh grade Industrial Arts class in Owen/Withee and materials paid for by a number of local donors, including 2011 Dylan Crabb Award recipients Curt and Diane Benrud.
Seven houses were placed in various locations on the Sportsman Lake based on ‘best-practice’ recommendations from DNR biologist, Matt Zeronski. After cleaning out the houses following the first nesting season, the project appears to have already been a success. Four out of the six wood duck houses positioned around the lake served as a nesting site for wood ducks and the remaining two houses also served as a home for other bird species.
Each year after the nesting season has passed, the F3 board will go out to the lake and clean out the old bedding in the houses a replace with fresh woodchips to allow for a new family of wood ducks to use the houses when they fly back in the spring. These houses will require attention each year because wood ducks will not inhabit a nest with used wood chips—so as an organization, we look forward to this being a great project and reason to spend an afternoon on the Sportsman Lake for many years to come!