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Three Eagle Scouts Give Back

Eagle Scout projects on pond repair, pheasant raising, and wood duck habitat

REPAIRING A POND FOR CHUBS
Kevin Anderson, Troop 985, Whittier, Calif.
The Mojave River flows through the Camp Cady Wildlife Area in Southern California, and it formed ponds that held freshwater species, including the endangered Mojave tui chub. Before Kevin Anderson was born, a leak formed in one of those ponds, drying it completely. The 13-year-old eighth grader led a project with his troop and the help of the area caretaker to restore the pond and will restock it with the tui chub and other species. “These chubs are only found in three other ponds, so now this can be the fourth,” says Anderson, a flyfisherman and duck hunter. He became an Eagle Scout last November.

RAISING RINGNECKS
Benjamin Pearce, Troop 45, Warwick, N.Y.
After reading about the New York Department of Environmental Conservation's pheasant rearing program, Benjamin Pearce knew exactly what he should do for his Eagle Scout project. Pearce, 17, a senior in high school, contacted the agency and started raising ringnecks to release on a local farm. He stocked the pheasants last fall and has been monitoring their survival rate. “The farm had some great high grasses for the pheasants to live in,” says Pearce, an avid hunter and angler. “It's been almost a year, and we're still seeing them every time we go out.”

REPLACING WOOD DUCK HABITAT
John Hooper, Troop 769, Prairieville, La.
Louisiana's wetlands are home to a lot of wood ducks, but after Hurricane Katrina rolled through, there weren't a lot of places left for them to live. John Hooper decided to partner with the Ascension Parish Sports League to build wood duck boxes for the local wetlands. “If we want to be able to hunt them, we have to keep the populations up,” says Hooper. Working with the sports league and his fellow scouts, he built 12 wood duck boxes that they plan to hang in the near future. Hooper, 18, a recent high-school graduate, reached the rank of Eagle Scout earlier this year.

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