Created By: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Nest boxes? Why install nest boxes if I have trees and shrubs available for birds to build their nests? Providing native habitat is the ideal scenario for creating reliable, resilient nesting areas; but, many birds need tree cavities to nest in. As NestWatch Project Leader Robyn Bailey explained, “You can have all the native habitat you want, but you still won’t get bluebirds nesting without a cavity.” There is a great thrill in witnessing the tireless effort birds put into building nests, laying eggs, caring for their young, protecting their chicks and then, of course, watching the flying lessons during fledging. Providing nest boxes, also known as birdhouses, on your property is one way to enhance the experience. Click here to learn more.
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