Atlantic, Volunteers Home-builders for ducks Father-son volunteer duo build more than 600 nest box kits for DUC this year alone July 27, 2016 A small sample of the Gullison's nest boxes. ©Michael Gullison Michael and Hunter Gullison have been making nest boxes out of scraps of lumber for years, but it wasn’t until May this year that they started volunteering to build DUC’s nest-box kits. Since then the father-son carpentry duo have built more than 300 song-bird nest-box kits and 300 duck nest-box kits. They’ve also put up dozens of nest boxes themselves along the St. John River. “If you take a little, you should give a little back,” says Michael. “Hunter and I enjoy being in the wetlands any time of the year. There’s no better place to be.” DUC volunteer Hunter Gullison with nest boxes he constructed with his father.©Michael Gullison The Gullison’s hand-made nest boxes are distributed through DUC in Atlantic Canada. Before taking their nest boxes home, recipients sign stewardship agreements stating that they are volunteering to place their boxes in local wetlands and that they will inspect them for nesting activity each year. The information gathered helps determine annual waterfowl success and informs future conservation efforts. DUC’s Atlantic Canada team emphasizes the need for nest boxes on the St. John River floodplain area, but people who attend the next box workshops are welcome to put them anywhere they can benefit birds. This year, at the annual Duck Day event at the Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park, attendees who were building nest boxes signed a thank you card, made by one of the park nature interpreters, for Michael and Hunter. Nest box recipients signed a thank you card for the Gullisons.©DUC Read These Stories Next Read more stories 85 Years of Conservation, Atlantic, Grasslands, Partnerships, Wetland restoration Community pastures What may seem like a few cows dawdling across a grassy landscape is, in fact, part of an increasingly high-profile conservation agenda. Atlantic, Education Tantramar student Anna MacKinnon wins DUC scholarship Tantramar, N.B. student Anna MacKinnon earns scholarship for outstanding leadership in Ducks Unlimited Canada program. 85 Years of Conservation, Atlantic, Landowners, Wetlands From teaching to farming – one couple’s journey toward sustainable agriculture The owners of Rustaret Farm in P.E.I. practise what they teach for the benefit of livestock, biodiversity and the environment.