Year of 2017

A female wood duck and ducklings in Arapahoe County, Colorado

We celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day (part of Teacher Appreciation Week in the US) by featuring this photo of a female wood duck out teaching her ducklings to swim. We’re guessing the swim is a treat for the downy students because wood ducks nest up in hollowed-out trees, often 10 feet or more above the water. To get down to the water and their calling mother, wood ducklings just a day old will take a leap from the nest and hope for a safe landing. And you thought algebra was a challenge.

The wood duck or Carolina duck is a species of perching duck found in North America. It is one of the most colorful North American waterfowl. The wood duck is a medium-sized perching duck. A typical adult is from 47 to 54 cm in length with a wingspan of between 66 to 73 cm. This is about three-quarters of the length of an adult mallard. It shares its genus with the Asian Mandarin duck.
Scientific name: Aix sponsa
Biological classification: Species
Belongs to: Aix
Symbol of: Mississippi