Hooded Merganser

Hooded merganser, part of “The Care Takers” mosaic.

“The Care Takers” is a natural stone mosaic installed at Ocean View Elementary School in Norfolk, Virginia. It is part of my public art commission to create mosaics for the elementary schools there. This mosaic features a strong message on environmental stewardship, inspired by the school’s strong hands-on science programs, including aquaculture and water quality issues.

The Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) is a diving duck that feeds on fish, crabs and other undersea creatures. This is the male merganser, with his telltale colorful plumage and large crest. This particular piece was cut by former Hammerhead Brian Holda. Interestingly, deforestation has had a significant impact on this seafaring duck. They nest in the cavities in trees and require mature forests to provide suitable sites to raise their young.