West Virginia Girl Scout Project Providing New Homes for Songbirds and Wood Ducks

Award-winning Girl Scout project provides new homes for animals in North Bend State Park 

Brianna Bengel and Her Nest Box Donations
Brianna Bengel and Her Nest Box Donations
West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

West Virginia -(Ammoland.com)- Brianna Bengel has earned the highest award a Cadette Girl Scout (Grades 6-8) can earn: a Silver Award.

Her project was building songbird and wood duck boxes and donating them to North Bend State Park, located near Cairo in Ritchie County.

“It is an honor to accept these nest boxes as a gift to our ongoing nature-based activities,” said Ken Zebo, activities coordinator and naturalist at North Bend. “We are grateful for Brianna’s interest in North Bend State Park and her dedication to wildlife habitat development.”

Brianna is one of several youth and families in Ritchie County that assists with the nest box monitoring program at North Bend State Park.

Six song bird nest boxes and three wood duck boxes built to create nesting habitat were presented to Zebo in June. Zebo said that the boxes were built of cedar and are well built and accurate in design for songbird and wood duck use.

Bengel is a member of Girl Scout Troop 1170. She just finished eighth grade at Ritchie County Middle School and will be attending Ritchie County High School in fall 2015. Brianna is the daughter of Alice Bengle of Harrisville, West Virginia.

North Bend State Park is easily accessible from U.S. 50, a four-lane highway stretching west to east from Parkersburg to Clarksburg. Driving EAST, take U.S. 50 to the junction of WV Route 31 to Cairo and follow the signs to the park. Driving WEST, take U.S. 50 to WV Route 16 (Harrisville) and follow the signs to the park. Visitwww.northbendsp.com for more information.

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