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Mother calls ducklings to the protection of the open water at age one day. This house also provides a perfect nest box for mergansers that normally nest in tree cavities. Positioning a house on a pole in the open water provides extra protection from predators.
Habitat: Nests beside wooded rivers and ponds. Visits freshwater marshes in late summer and fall.
Range: Breeds from British Columbia south to California, and from Montana east to Nova Scotia, and south to Texas and Florida; absent from Rocky Mountains and Great Plains. Winters near Pacific Coast north to Washington, and to New Jersey in East, rarely further north.