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Back You are here: Home Features Events and Features Fort Fisher Aquarium Island Gazette’s Animal of the Week for the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Island Gazette’s Animal of the Week for the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

 “Wilson”, male wood duck at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Photo courtesy of Megan Ennes.

Wood duck - Brilliant plumage of teal, blue, copper, rust and red characterize the male wood duck (Aix sponsa). Like many animals, male wood ducks differ in coloration from female wood ducks, tending to be gray, white and brown. Popular along the East Coast, wood ducks are very common in North Carolina and live in woodland areas near ponds, lakes, rivers, creeks and other vegetated wetlands. Wood ducks nest in cavities on land, but must nest within a mile of water. Hunting and habitat destruction nearly caused the wood duck to become extinct in the early nineteen hundreds. Hunting laws and a protected status under the U.S. Migratory Bird Act allowed this population to thrive. Come visit the wood ducks in NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher’s conservatory.