A group of Arnold High School students are working to create new habitat for winged residents.
The students are constructing homes for wood ducks in their horticulture class that will eventually become shelter for many birds in the area. They're hoping to construct about 20 houses, and when they're finished they'll be erecting them all around Frank Brown Park in Panama City Beach.
Because of development around the park, some of the wood duck’s natural habitat has been destroyed. Students hope they can change that through their efforts.
"Since they're expanding Frank Brown Park they're cutting down some of the trees that the ducks would originally have nested in in the hollow tree trunks, so we're building these sort of as a replacement for the trees that are being taken down," said Tyler Montgomery, an Arnold High School senior.
Students enrolled in Agricultural Science and Future Farmers of America take courses that prepare them for more than just agricultural jobs; they learn trades that can help them in many industries.