2011-04-14 / Outdoors

Building and Learning

Photos and text provided by Mike Ritchie


READY TO MOVE IN Finished duck boxes were placed with the help of DNR employees T.J. Clark and Troy Sumbera. Also pictured are Keith Stiles of the Houghton Lake Lake Association, the Brooks family including Mike, Ryan, and Tyler, the Tusseys including Mike, Emma, Jennifer and Henry, Pastor Mike Heacock of Roscommon Baptist Church and Katie and Elaine Murray. READY TO MOVE IN Finished duck boxes were placed with the help of DNR employees T.J. Clark and Troy Sumbera. Also pictured are Keith Stiles of the Houghton Lake Lake Association, the Brooks family including Mike, Ryan, and Tyler, the Tusseys including Mike, Emma, Jennifer and Henry, Pastor Mike Heacock of Roscommon Baptist Church and Katie and Elaine Murray. Several Roscommon area children contributed to the future of wood ducks at two area lakes and also learned in the process.

Through the cooperation of Bambi Lake Camp, the Houghton Lake Lake Association, Penney’s Lumber, Richard Martin Construction, the Roscommon Baptist Church and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the children helped to build and place 14 duck boxes around Marl and Bambi Lakes last weekend.

The two-fold purpose was to teach the children basic construction skills and impress upon them the need to give back to nature. More boxes will be placed before the end of spring, which will provide an incentive for wood ducks to make their homes in Roscommon County.



Building boxes Ryan Brooks makes use of his spring break to build duck boxes. Building boxes Ryan Brooks makes use of his spring break to build duck boxes.

SAFE AND SECURE Elaine Murray fastens one of fourteen duck boxes that were placed on trees around Bambi and Marl Lakes last weekend. SAFE AND SECURE Elaine Murray fastens one of fourteen duck boxes that were placed on trees around Bambi and Marl Lakes last weekend.

HER CONTRIBUTION Emma Tussey shows off the box that she helped to build. The wood was provided by Penney’s Lumber and the boxes were cut out by Larry Phipps of Roscommon Baptist Church. HER CONTRIBUTION Emma Tussey shows off the box that she helped to build. The wood was provided by Penney’s Lumber and the boxes were cut out by Larry Phipps of Roscommon Baptist Church.

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