May 2019 Mallard Duck Nesting Tube Eagle Project

posted Mar 10, 2019, 6:27 PM by Troop997 Admin   [ updated Mar 10, 2019, 6:31 PM ]

2019 Mallard Tube Project

Ashburn Virginia Scout’s Eagle Project is For the Birds

 Mallard ducks and other waterfowl lay their nests on the ground near the edge of water, making them very vulnerable to predators like fox or raccoons.  Some estimate nesting success as low as 10 percent for ground nests.  Eagle Scout candidate Tapp Rhoads wanted to increase those odds, so he and his fellow Scouts from Ashburn's Troop 997 spent last weekend building and installing mallard duck nesting tubes all around the Ashburn Farm area, helping protect eggs and ducklings until they're able to fend for themselves.  Nesting tubes of the design Tapp and his Troop have built are generally thought to increase nesting success to up to 80%.  The tubes can be repaired and refurbished every year, making the project both near-term impactful and long-term sustainable.


With over 70% of Troop 997's Scouts participating in the project and an ongoing outreach and education program, the Troop may also be eligible for the prestigious Hornaday Unit Award, one of the most coveted of environmental and conservation awards of the Boy Scouts of America.

  Scouts carefully rolling tubes into final shape

 Scouts installing mallard nesting tube in local lake