Welcome back to Wildlife Wednesday from your Ohio Division of Wildlife. Today we head to the wetlands and marshes to find this colorful bird, the wood duck.
Few species represent conservation success like the wood duck. Nearly wiped out by the early 1900s, some scientists feared their extinction was eminent. Today, thanks to protection of habitat, implementation and enforcement of hunting regulations, and erection of numerous nest boxes, “woodies” are again common. The drakes of this cavity-nesting duck are among the world’s most beautiful birds. Their voice, however, is a raucous squeal reminiscent of a stuck pig.
For more info on this species and other waterbirds, download the Waterbirds of Ohio Field Guide at https://ohiodnr.gov/…/pub418%20Waterbirds%20of%20Ohio…. #WildOhio