Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Park Volunteers Install and Maintain Nest boxes

Several volunteers spent their Saturday, March 14 providing nesting habitat for songbird populations. Eleven new nest boxes, built as a service project by a scout troop, were strategically placed in various habitats within 5 Darke County parks. Along with installing new boxes, over 20 existing boxes were readied for the spring nesting season.

Cavity nesting birds including Eastern Bluebirds, Chickadees, Tree Swallows, House Wrens and White-breasted Nuthatch will readily use man-made nest boxes when natural cavities aren’t located. Placement of nest boxes in a variety of habitats will increase the likelihood of attracting specific species. Once nesting season begins, Darke County Parks have volunteer nest box monitors that visit the boxes once or twice weekly to observe and document bird activity. All of our findings will be compiled into a database through the Ohio Bluebird Society. We are currently in need of a few more eager birdwatchers to become nest box monitors. If you, or your family, are interested in helping with this hands-on citizen science project, please call Laura at the Nature Center at 548-0165 or email the Park District at info@darkecountyparks.org.

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