by Dr. Diana Solovyeva,
Scaly-sided Merganser Task Force Coordinator
The year of 2015 became extremely successful for Scaly-sided Merganser production in artificial nest sites. After 10 years of failure the Artificial nest box program in China provided first results: eleven ducklings hatched in Chevy Volt Battery box in Changbaishan. See links:
- Inhabitat: http://inhabitat.com/chevy-volt-battery-covers-recycled-as-adorable-nesting-boxes-for-endangered-birds/
- Good Magazine: http://magazine.good.is/articles/old-batteries-become-new-homes-for-adorable-baby-birds
- Generalmotors.green: Endangered Ducks in China Find Refuge in Chevrolet Volt Battery Covers
The same spring the 1000th duckling hatched in artificial nest site in Russia. Since 2002 nest boxes of different sizes and designs are providing homes for Scaly-sided Mergansers there. We don’t know exactly which box the 1000th hatched in; 1032 ducklings are known to hatch and to jump out artificial nest sites in Russia by now.
To find out more about the artificial nest programme, please click HERE.