duck-boxesMétis youth with one of the Wood Duck boxes they helped prepare
for the next nesting season

Submitted by Larry J. Ferris, Chair of the MNO Georgian Bay Métis Council

MNO Georgian Bay Métis Council youth group held its first outing since the recent election of the new council.

The new council interim Youth Representative Markie Tuckett organized a wonderful afternoon of fun that also included a message about conservation. The youth viewed ten Wood Duck boxes and helped clean and prepare them for next nesting season. The nesting boxes help increase the Wood Duck population by providing safe nesting where the ducks can hatch their young. Other ducks such as the Golden Eye and Merganser also take advantage of the boxes.

While on this adventure, the young people also saw several sets of deer tracks along with some muskrat tracks. They were even lucky enough to see a “Heron Nursery” containing large numbers of nests in a pond.

After all their hard work, the youth were treated to a camp fire on the ice complete with hot-dogs and hot chocolate.

This exciting trip was possible thanks to the financial support of the MNO Georgian Bay Métis Council and to Mark Tuckett who shared his knowledge and time with the youth.

Posted March 10, 2016