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Greg Hoch's "With Wings Extended" Explores The World Of Wood Ducks

Dennis Buchner
Building a nest box in one's backyard is a great way to attract wood ducks for breeding.

The wood duck has a fascinating history of survival, conservation and they are stunningly beautiful. Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe speaks with author Greg Hoch to learn more.

Hoch works for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and is the author of “With Wings Extended: A Leap Into the Wood Duck’s World.”

They're elusive, beautiful and strange birds. Native to North America, 100 years ago it seemed likely wood ducks would go the way of the passenger pigeon. They were hunted relentlessly for their beautiful feathers and the unique habitat they require was being destroyed quickly. Today wood ducks are one of the great conservation success stories and one of the most beautiful sights to behold if you’re lucky enough to see them.


  • Greg Hoch, author of "With Wings Extended: A Leap into the Wood Duck's World"
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River