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Environment News November 28, 2022

Eagle Scout builds wildlife houses at PUD’s Woods Creek site

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Eagle Scout builds wildlife houses at PUD’s Woods Creek site

Earlier this fall, high-school senior Liam Presler (with support from friends, family and the PUD’s Mike Schutt, Senior Environmental Coordinator) built and installed six bird and bat boxes at the PUD’s Woods Creek Food Forest and Sustainability Center property, next to the hydroelectric facility. The project was Liam’s final requirement to earn his Eagle Scout Merit Badge.

“I want to go into engineering in college, but I thought that it would be fun to have an environmental conservation focus to my project by building bird houses,” said Presler. “I was lucky to have mom [Dawn Presler] connect me with the PUD’s wildlife biologist, Mr. Schutt.”

For his project, Liam assembled a small team of Scouts from Troop 20 to build bird, bat, and duck houses. In all, Liam created two wood duck and merganser houses, two tree swallow houses and two bat houses. He was also able to use extra materials to build toad cottages to include at the property.

“I wanted to have a diverse build with different types of houses intended for different species to support biodiversity,” said Presler.

Liam worked closely with Mike to choose materials, designs, and locations around the property to install the houses. The PUD covered the costs of materials, and Mike supervised the installation of the boxes. The Natural Resources department will monitor the boxes when it checks the boxes at its other generation projects.

“I was impressed with how much Liam was able to accomplish and his knowledge of the boxes,” said Schutt. “It is great to have these additional homes at Woods Creek benefiting our local wildlife.”

Liam will present the results of his project to a panel to determine if he receives his Eagle Scout Merit Badge.

“Overall, it was a lot of fun to be a part of the Food Forest again; I’ve volunteered there in the past to help harvest the fruit for food bank donations. It is an awesome place,” said Presler.