What are nest boxes? It's silly to say but nest
boxes are just that: boxes that are used for nesting
birds. They are really important when a bird's
habitat has been changed or destroyed. A nesting
box gives the birds a safe place to lay their eggs and
take care of their fledglings. If the birds lose
their habitat and don't have nest boxes, they might
leave the area or it might change the number of birds
that live to be adults.
Here are the steps for building a
small owl nest box:
Put the nest box
wherever the bird's natural habitat is.
Attach nest boxes for
kestrels to trees near roads, or on fences, or old buildings
because that’s where they like living. Attach boxes for
Barred Owls in forests or in bushy areas. Attach a nest box
for little owls to a tree about 3 meters above the ground.
Position the door so that it faces east or south so
that it will be less likely to get a lot of wind and
rain inside. It will be warmer and not have a lot of
drafts that will bother the young owlets. It is
also important to put the nest box in an area where
people won't bother the birds. Birds won't stay
anywhere if they are bothered a lot.
Nest boxes are a great way to help birds survive when
their habitat has been changed or eliminated by man.
Conventional nest box.
18 Mar 2008.
Schmoker, Bill. “Re: Owl pictures (etc.).”
[nestbox] E-mail to Club Web. 2 Nov. 2007.
18 Mar 2008.
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