Summer is near, time to enjoy and embrace the natural world! Having a bird house or nesting box is a significant way to create a mutual relationship with nature. As we are aware, humans have been increasingly building concrete jungle environments which in turn, is pushing out other species habitats. By building an alternative and (nearly) natural environment for birds to nest, we are at least making an attempt to co-habitat.
Using an old pallet, a little man power, and a few power tools we built this amazing bird house! Once again, pallets are a booger to work with. We were able to get this one apart with a pry-bar and hammer, always use gloves when working with pallets! There is generally an excess of nails, most of which are rusty. After pulling off the best pieces, they were sanded (80 grit) to make the wood slightly safer to work with.
The pieces were cut according to the bird house plan used then glued and nailed appropriately.
I chose not to paint the roof, allowing Scott’s Liquid Gold Cleaner & Preservative to work its magic.
Nesting boxes have many positive purposes:
1. Attract natural pollinators to your garden.
2. Think wake up call – sweet chirping or obnoxious alarm clock?
3. Create a mutual relationship & co-habitat with the birds of your community.
4. And well, birds are just fun to watch! Why do you want a bird house in your yard?
Nesting boxes generally attract birds like wrens, blue birds, chickadees, titmice, wood ducks and wood peckers. Check out choosing the right bird house for your backyard! Thanks Anthony for great instructions!
This post and project were created by our Intern, Amber Lesser. Amber is an Environmental Studies student at the University of Colorado. Thanks Amber!