Wildlife Habitat

Hardin County Conservation strives to maintain habitats that will attract and protect wildlife of all specifies. By providing necessary structures, food, and protection, Hardin County is a place for many animals to call home.

Wood Duck Nesting Structures
Wood Duck boxes were first introduced in 1937 when the Fish and Wildlife service built nesting boxes in Illinois because of low Wood Duck numbers. With these nesting boxes having so much success they are being used all over the country in effort to sustain a healthy Wood Duck population.
Wood ducks on a tree log over water.

Wood ducks, like other waterfowl, are basically monogamous and form strong pair bonds.

Hardin County Conservation has been doing its part as well by placing nesting structures all over the county. We place these structures in specific areas that are known to attract nesting Wood Ducks. Since Wood Ducks like to nest in woody areas we place the structures near any timbered area that will sustain water from spring through early summer.
Duck eggs in a nesting structure.

The average number of eggs laid by a hen is between 9-14 eggs.

Interested in building a duck nest box? The National Wildlife Federation has simple instructions for you to make your own.

Building a Duck Nest Box (.pdf)

Fish Habitat
Hardin County Conservation has been enhancing its fishing resources by placing habitat structures in county ponds that hold fish. Structures provide places for fish to hide from predators, shade from hot summer sun, nesting and spawning habitat, and places for food organisms to live and grow. Structural features are important in helping to maintain a diverse, healthy lake ecosystem and in sustaining game fish and non-game fish populations. Fish structure habitat is designed to provide habitat features that allow fish and reptiles to accomplish their daily and seasonal performance tasks with greater efficiency.

Underground fish habitat.

Bluegills utilizing some underwater brush piles.