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.