|Bluebird Boxes have helped to combat the decline of bluebirds through our country!|
The Avian Promise has coordinated with the BTO to bring this fabulous idea across the pond. At TLC, we strongly support the placement of nesting boxes and encourage National Nest Box week to go worldwide. We have come up with some things you can do to prepare nesting sites for our avian friends this spring:
- Build your own nesting boxes. There are many different types of boxes to choose from depending type of habitat you have in your backyard and your skills as a carpenter: Bluebird, Wood Duck, Bat, Screech Owl, Kestrel, Barn Owl, Wren are just a few of the many boxes to choose from. We recommend purchasing Landscaping for Wildlife from the PA Game Commission at: www.theoutdoorshop.state.pa.us for the most comprehensive and correct dimensions for building boxes.
- Purchase a bird box from your own local conservation organization. At TLC we currently have bluebird boxes for sale for $20 a piece, contact our offices if you are interested. We recommend that you purchase and hang two bluebird boxes in order to ensure that bluebirds will use your box.
- If your property is not sufficient for the box that you would wish to see hung, you can typically sponsor a bird box at your local conservation group's nature preserve. You can assist with cleaning out the boxes and receive updates about what is living in your box from the organization. You can sponsor a box at TLC's Stateline Woods Preserve by clicking HERE.
- If you are not interested in boxes increase nesting opportunities by planting shrubs or trees around your property.
Early March, we will discuss the spring cleaning of your boxes! Happy National Nest Box Week, even if you are on our side of the pond!