We have been busy laying fresh wood shavings in all the nesting duck boxes at Valens and Christie Lakes conservation areas. It has been a challenging year to get to all the water accessible boxes since the ice has been unpredictable. Hate to go for a polar swim! Regardless of whether we are ready or not, the first pair of hooded mergansers have already arrived. This year, we will be relocating existing boxes to encourage better nesting results.