Building a pond for diver habitat...

Discussion in 'Habitat Forum' started by BuffleheadKing2, Jan 7, 2017.

  1. BuffleheadKing2

    BuffleheadKing2 Elite Refuge Member

    Dec 20, 2007
    Allen Co, NE Indiana
    I've been looking around and I've seen where planting certain types of vegetation can help attract divers, but this seems like a bonus more than the intent. Has anyone on here ever managed or constructed a pond/impoundment specifically to attract divers??? What's your thoughts on the generic stuff size, depth bottom material fish/aquatic vegetation to put in and so on???
  2. WHUP ! Hen

    WHUP ! Hen Elite Refuge Member

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Missouri
    With divers they are going to come in or not. We have an 80 acre WRP project one-half mile off the Mississippi. Every year we get 20 or 30 divers. The only decoys we use are 7 drake Goldeneye. We don't make much effort to try to attract them.
  3. DisplacedDuck

    DisplacedDuck Refuge Member

    Sep 23, 2016
    Southeast Missouri
    Ditto on what WHUP said.

    But if I had to choose a vegetation, I would choose Sago Pondweed if the impoundment would stay wet year round, or chufa if it would dry out. The reason being is both of these plants are highly attractive to divers, but as WHUP said, these species of birds is going to come in or they won't-plain and simple. The bonus with these plants is that they are also highly attractive to puddlers as well.

    Hope this helps.
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