Wakefield students provide duck nest boxes

BOX BUNCH: Wakefield ninth-graders who planted the nests include (from left) Sam Mullany, Chris Payne, Tim Johns, Maeve Dale, Ashlyn Ramey, Anne Katherine Burns, Willow Lynn and Seong Won.Jeff Perry
BOX BUNCH: Wakefield ninth-graders who planted the nests include (from left) Sam Mullany, Chris Payne, Tim Johns, Maeve Dale, Ashlyn Ramey, Anne Katherine Burns, Willow Lynn and Seong Won.

Fourteen ninth-grade biology students at Wakefield Country Day School placed eight wood duck wooden nest boxes at a local farm on Feb. 7. The students had constructed the boxes earlier in the month from plans by marking the lumber, making the cuts and following the assembly instructions.

Wakefield ninth-grader Karis Tschopp finishes off a wood duck box nest.Jeff Perry
Wakefield ninth-grader Karis Tschopp finishes off a wood duck box nest.

This project was the culmination of a “mini unit” of study regarding wood ducks, habitat degradation, conservation and environmental stewardship. The box placement will increase local wood duck populations. That increase will be monitored and studied by future biology classes at the school on a yearly basis.

Biology teacher Jeff Perry supervised the project carried out by students Anne Katherine Burns, Anna Clark, Maeve Dale, Tim Johns, Jessica Leskovec, Kitty Lo, Willow Lynn, Sam Mullany, Chris Payne, Freya Rodriguez, Ashlyn Ramey, Madison Romine, Karis Tschopp and Seong Won.

Wakefield parents who assisted with the installation included Dan Clark, Elizabeth Johns, Tom Mullany and David Romine.

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