CITY OF GREENSBORO Contact: Josh Sherrick
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Phone: 336-373-4572
Parks and Recreation Unveils Wood Duck Habitats with Community Partners May 23
GREENSBORO, NC (May 18, 2017) – Greensboro Parks and Recreation, in partnership with volunteers from Syngenta and the Forge, will unveil a series of small nesting boxes specially designed for wood ducks at 2 pm, May 23 at the Keeley Park pond, 4100 Keeley Rd., McLeansville.
Syngenta employees built five of the three-foot tall wooden boxes with the help of the Forge, a downtown makerspace the provides tools and space to create. Each box was laser-stenciled with a clever duck-billed Darth Vader designed by a local artist. Wood ducks are a small, colorful waterfowl that likes to nest in tree cavities. Nesting boxes were used to bring the wood duck species back from the brink of extinction in the 1930s, and continue to be used today.
“This was a great opportunity to partner with skilled makers and community volunteers to provide a better habitat for these beautiful birds,” said Josh Sherrick, Parks and Recreation’s superintendent for City Arts. “We’ve had wood ducks in the area, but they haven’t found a home at Keeley Parks wetland area yet. We hope these boxes will lure them here.”
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Amanda Lehmert, Communications Specialist
Communications and Marketing
City of Greensboro
PO Box 3136, Greensboro, NC 27402-3136