Girl Scout Bronze Award: Wood Duck Houses

Fifth grade Edina Girl Scout Junior Troop 12211 from Normandale French Elementary School got together in the fall of 2009 to start working on the Bronze Award and agreed early on that they wanted to do a project related to the environment, ideally something that would “help the animals and nature.”

After earning the necessary badges, including a Junior Aide badge and Sign of the Star badge, the girls contacted the Richardson Nature Center in Bloomington (part of the Three Rivers Park District) and got a recommendation to build wood duck houses.

Wood ducks are a beautiful type of waterfowl and one of only a few North American ducks that nest in trees. They are at risk because natural cavities are scarce and they now need houses to nest in.

With donations and the help of two dads, one mom, and a grandad, they built the
houses on Sunday, April 18.

They are very proud of their accomplishments and will soon deliver the houses to the Richardson Nature Center for their use around our lakes and ponds.