Sainte-anne-de-bel­le­vue funds nest boxes for pro­tec­ted spe­cies

Co­lour­ful ducks once hun­ted for fea­thers

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Pro­tec­ted area

The l'anse-à-l'orme na­ture park is not the usual place for a press confe­rence, but it was where Lac Saint- Louis MP Fran­cis Scar­pal­le­gia joi­ned Sainte-anne-de-bel­le­vue mayor Fran­cis De­roo, town coun­cil­lor Ryan Young, and two vo­lun­teers with a lot of car­pen­try skills and even more time to give.

In­clu­ded in the ga­the­ring was Kam­ryn Martinez-ha­wa, 11, who proud­ly spoke of a nest box bea­ring her name. Her mo­ther, town coun­cil­lor Pao­la Ha­wa, says the fa­mi­ly of­ten walks in the na­ture park.

The l'anse-à-l'orme Na­ture Park was re­cent­ly pro­tec­ted for conser­va­tion pur­poses through the joint ef­forts of the Ci­ty of Sainte-anne-de-bel­le­vue, the Ag­glo­me­ra­tion of Montreal and Quebec's en­vi­ron­ment mi­nis­try thus al­lo­wing for a greater ex­pan­sion of the area.

The Town hopes to en­cou­rage bio­di­ver­si­ty through ini­tia­tives such as the nest boxes.

The stri­king male wood duck, with its iri­des­cent green and white cres­ted head, gol­den flanks and vi­brant blue back, is cre­di­ted with gi­ving the spe­cies the re­pu­ta­tion of being the most beau­ti­ful North Ame­ri­can wa­ter­fowl. The spe­cies was over-hun­ted un­til the ear­ly part of the 20th cen­tu­ry when a complete hun­ting ban bet­ween 1918 and 1941 contri­bu­ted to a stea­dy in­crease of the spe­cies. The po­pu­la­tion's growth le­vel­led off in the 1980's.

The wood duck's pre­fer­red ha­bi­tat is woo­ded wet­lands, ri­vers, and streams, which are not as plen­ti­ful in the Montreal region. Un­like other com­mon ducks, the wood duck is a per­ching duck that nor­mal­ly nests in tree ca­vi­ties. Wild­life ex­perts say ho­we­ver that the duck will use ar­ti­fi­cial nest boxes like the ones put up by Sainte-anne-de-bel­le­vue.

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