To earn his rank as an Eagle Scout, a local teenager decided to help out another winged creature.
Michael Beck of New Fairview oversaw the construction of a dozen wood duck nesting boxes and presented them to the U.S. Forest Service Thursday afternoon. The boxes will be placed around lakes on the Caddo and LBJ National Grasslands.
His Eagle project required him to plan the project, recruit volunteers, raise money, purchase the materials and act as foreman. On construction day, Beck oversaw a group of around 10 to 15 scouts who spent several hours constructing the boxes. The lids on top of the boxes contain latches to keep them “critter-proof.”
In his letter seeking donations, Beck explained the need to create a safe habitat for the migratory waterfowl.
“My project will be to create a safer home for the wood duck populations in the North Texas area,” he wrote. ” … In the 1990s, there were up to 1.2 million wood ducks in the U.S.A., but now there are less than half a million.”
In addition to his Eagle Scout project, Beck has also earned 21 different merit badges and volunteered at a food distribution center in Fort Worth.
The 17-year-old, who will be a senior at Northwest High School in the fall, has been in scouting since the first grade. He is a member of Troop 771 in Argyle.