Farmers often work to create habitats on their land for wildlife, including waterfowl such as ducks and geese. As natural wetland regions have greatly diminished throughout the United States, rice fields like the one you see here have become a critical habitat for migrating waterfowl.
Rice fields are typically flooded in the winter months after harvest to support weed control and to prevent erosion. Waterfowl flock to rice fields because they offer a wetland habitat rich with a variety of nutritious foods.
The wooden duck box you see in this garden, is another example of how farmers work to provide a safe and comfortable environment for wildlife to thrive.