USGS - science for a changing world

Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center

  Home About NPWRC Our Science Staff Employment Contacts Common Questions About the Site

Nest Structures for Ducks and Geese

JPG -- Cover photo of Giant Canada Geese and Wood Ducks

A Guide to the Construction, Placement, and Maintenance of
Nest Structures for Canada Geese, Mallards, and Wood Ducks

by:

Guy G. Zenner, Theodore G. Lagrange, and Alan W. Hancock

Wildlife Bureau
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Wallace State Office Building
Des Moines, IA 50319-0034

September 1992


For thousands of years, ducks and geese survived and reproduced in the natural habitats of North America without human assistance. However, with the arrival of the first European settlers, those natural habitats began to change. Millions of acres of wetlands, prairie, and forest were altered for human use, leaving waterfowl to survive on a small fraction of the habitat that once supported their ancestors in sky-darkening numbers.

To help waterfowl populations maintain themselves under these altered conditions, wildlife biologists have developed various techniques to improve habitat and increase nest success. This booklet focuses on one of these techniques: the use of artificial nest structures for the production of Canada geese, mallards, and wood ducks.

It is important to realize that nest structures will not solve all the problems facing waterfowl today. Nest structures only improve nest success for the few species that use them. The real problem facing our waterfowl populations is the continued loss of their natural wetland, grassland, and woodland habitats. This trend will only be reversed by sound land stewardship practices that address wildlife habitat requirements as well as human needs.

Credits and Contact Information


This resource is based on the following source:
Zenner, Guy G., Theodore G. LaGrange, and Alan W. Hancock.  1992.  Nest 
     structures for ducks and geese.  Iowa Department of Natural Resources, 
     Des Moines, IA.  34pp.
This resource should be cited as:
Zenner, Guy G., Theodore G. LaGrange, and Alan W. Hancock.  1992.  Nest 
     structures for ducks and geese.  Iowa Department of Natural Resources, 
     Des Moines, IA.  Jamestown, ND: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center 
     Online.  http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/birds/neststru/index.htm
     (Version 16JUL97).

Contents

Introduction
List of Figures

Giant Canada Geese
Introduction
Constructed Islands
Round Hay Bales
Culverts
Post Structures
Tree Structures
Floating Structures
Nest Materials and Maintenance

Mallards
Introduction
Constructed Islands
Round Hay Bales
Culverts
Post Structures
Tree Structures
Floating Structures
Nest Materials and Maintenance

Wood Ducks
Introduction
Post and Tree Structures
Nest Materials and Maintenance

Downloading Instructions -- Instructions on downloading and extracting files from this site.
(Download) neststru.zip (541K) -- Nest Structures for Ducks and Geese
Installation: Extract all files and open index.htm in a web browser.

Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices

Take Pride in America logo USA.gov logo U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
URL: http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/birds/neststru/index.htm
Page Contact Information: Webmaster
Page Last Modified: Friday, 01-Feb-2013 19:38:38 EST
Menlo Park, CA [caww55]