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Wood ducks and other waterfowl call Tingley Beach "home."

Wood Duck at Tingley Beach

Posted: December 13, 2012

The male wood duck is spectacular with iridescent green and purple on its crest. Its scientific name, Aix sponsa, even translates to “waterbird in bridal dress.” Wood duck drakes and hens are residents of Tingley Beach.

Often considered North America’s most exquisite waterfowl, wood ducks live in freshwater wetlands and nearby woodlands. Although thriving today, they almost went extinct in the 1890s due to overharvesting and habitat destruction. Wood ducks rebounded thanks to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, good wildlife management, and efforts of sportsmen and conservationists.

You can watch for wood ducks in the ponds at Tingley Beach and the nearby bosque wetlands. The waters are full of beautiful waterfowl during winter, and the trout fishing is great, too!

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