Photo by permission of Keven Law. Check out the great giveaway for one lucky reader!
G.L. Freedman of Wildlife-Houses sent me this email recently, and I could not resist reprinting it in full because I am an avid gardener and an animal lover. With only a few weeks until Spring, read on how to attract those beautiful blue jays, robins, and hummingbirds to your garden.
As many may know, many North American birds nest in “cavities”, or holes in trees and fence posts. Some birds, such as the wood pecker, are able to actually chisel their own holes with their sharp and heavy bills, yet other cavity nesters must find suitable holes for their nesting needs.
Unfortunately, suitable nest cavities can be a hard match and difficult to find in much of North America. One way to solve the depopulation and nesting problems of all natural insect controllers, which can really harm vegetation, plant life and tree life – thus destroying the environment, is to provide artificial cavities, also known as bird houses or nest boxes.
More than 50 species of birds – including Bluebirds, Kestrels, Owls, Titmice, Chickadees, Nuthatches, Wrens, Tree Swallows and Woodpeckers – will use nesting boxes. Not to mention, bats and Purple Martins, which also help to naturally control pests and insects, thus eliminating the usage of man made insecticides and pesticides, harming the environment.
Nest Boxes have also helped to boost populations of many cavity-nesting bird species whose numbers where on the incline. For instance, both Eastern Bluebirds and Wood Ducks have recently made a dramatic comeback in population.
A Nest Box on ones property will provide an inexpensive, valuable home for birds and bats as well as fun and enjoyment for the whole family. What better way to teach our youngsters about environmental preservation as well as natural pesticides and the aiding of the longevity of our natural, cavity nesting friends.
To find out more how you can help and be part go to www.wildlife-houses.com.
To echo G.L.’s sentiments about birds’ nesting habits, I have nests all over my house. Last year, I had nests on my ledges, inside my fake ivy topiary plants, and even a small bird house my son built. The problem is whenever I go outside my front door, the birds fly away since I guess, they are scared of humans.
One time, a baby bird was so scared it flew out of its nest and was not really ready to fly. I picked it up to put it back in its nest and realized I probably hurt the bird more than helped. My human hands touched it, and I was worried that its mother would reject it. The birds love my house and perhaps, it would be better for me to install more bird house around the property so they nest inside their homes rather than near my doors. In any event, the birds have been my main pesticide, eatting those unwanted garden pests!
In addition, bat house are wonderful. Stop thinking vampires are going to show up at your door! Bats eat mosquitoes among other insects. In my area, mosquitoes have been associated with spreading the West Nile virus , which can affect humans and mammals. Crows have been affected by this virus. What is West Nile virus?
“The most severe type of disease due to a person being infected with West Nile virus is sometimes called “neuroinvasive disease” because it affects a person’s nervous system. Specific types of neuroinvasive disease include: West Nile encephalitis, West Nile meningitis or West Nile meningoencephalitis. Encephalitis refers to an inflammation of the brain, meningitis is an inflammation of the membrane around the brain and the spinal cord, and meningoencephalitis refers to inflammation of the brain and the membrane surrounding it. West Nile Fever is another type of illness that can occur in people who become infected with the virus. It is characterized by fever, headache, tiredness, aches and sometimes rash. Although the illness can be as short as a few days, even healthy people have been sick for several weeks.” (CDC, West Nile Virus)
For more information about who is most susceptible and more information about this virus, see here. If you want to learn more about bats, consider following the Company’s bat blog. Attracting bats to your yard helps to control these unwanted pests.
Wildlife-Houses sells many different types of bird houses as well as ones coated with edible products (edible birdhouses) and wildlife structures for owls, bats, and butterflies. Pictured below are some of the different types of wildlife houses you could purchase:
This is the edible bird house, which after the seeds are gone, there is still a bird house. Priced at $47 but on sale for $38.54.
This wildlife house is a bat condo! It holds up to 100 bats and there is no condo approval requirement to move in. Priced at $54 but on sale at $44.28.
For the ultimate bird watcher, the above house is for you. It contains a color camera with infrared night vision so that you can watch the birds’ nesting habits or record them on your computer if you wish. Priced at $192, but on sale for $157.44.
Which one is my favorite? It is the seeded one. I love the multi-purpose idea of the house. Note, this is a great time to pick up any one of the Company’s products since many of the items on the website are on sale and reduced 18% below their originally marked price. Consider purchasing one of these birds structures and enjoy watching the magic that birds create.
The Company has been so kind to giveaway the above seeded bird houseto one lucky Green Talk reader.
In order to enter the contest, you must live in the US, and be 18 or older and follow the rules below:
- Leave me a comment here telling me what is your favorite bird and why (if you can). If you don’t have one, just say so.
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- You must enter by March 25, 2009, 6 PM EST time to win. A winner will be chosen at random on Thursday, March 26, 2009. Good Luck everyone!