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DCHS students help wood duck population through wildlife conservation project
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Recently, several AG Mechanics students from DCHS constructed and installed ten wood duck boxes on Lake Lanier. (photo courtesy of Keith Pankey)

Recently, students from Dawson County High School constructed ten wood duck boxes and placed them on Lake Lanier to help the wood duck population on the lake. 

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Recently, several AG Mechanics students from DCHS constructed and installed ten wood duck boxes on Lake Lanier. (photo courtesy of Keith Pankey)

According to DCHS FFA Advisor and Agricultural Sciences Teacher Keith Pankey, he was originally contacted by Wildlife Conservation Officer Ryan Locke about the potential of partnering with students in Pankey’s AG Mechanics class to construct and install wood duck boxes on the lake. The goal of the project is to provide a nesting habitat for the ducks and help increase the wood duck population. 

With materials donated by Shoal Creek Supply, Pankey said that the students in his mechanics class constructed ten boxes. Then the students, Pankey and several conservation officers met at War Hill Park to set the boxes out in select areas on the lake for the ducks. 

“Even though it was a cold and dreary day, all involved happily did their part in helping the wood duck population on the lake,” Pankey said. “The conservation officers were wonderful with the kids involved and took time to educate them on hunting regulations and multiple other questions asked from the students.” 

According to Pankey, the project was a success and he and his students are grateful to the conservation officers for the chance to partner with them on it. 

“We thank the conservation officers for their service in keeping the wildlife populations in Georgia regulated so that future generations can enjoy hunting and fishing for years to come,” Pankey said.