Merryspring Nature Center will host a build-your-own nesting box workshop on Saturday, March 2 at 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Guests must sign up for this program by Friday, February 22.
Eric Evans leads this popular program on how to correctly build, site, and mount nesting boxes for a variety of native Maine bird species. Many of the birds that breed in Maine need cavities for their nests, and providing a nest box of just the right size is a big help for birds if they can’t find the right natural cavity in a tree. In this workshop, each participant will assemble a nest box from pre-cut lumber.
Registration for the workshop must include selecting a bird species, with the following habitat requirements: 1.) bluebirds and tree swallows — at edge of at least half acre of short grass;
2.) wrens — dense bushes or tree foliage;
3.) saw-whet or barred owl — woods;
4.) red-bellied woodpecker, flicker, or kestrel — woods edge facing opening. The Merryspring website has links to more information about next boxes.
Eric Evans is a longtime Merryspring volunteer. He is closely associated with the Maine Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation, where he serves as Breeding Coordinator- South.
The cost of this workshop is $25, with a discounted rate of $20 for Merryspring members. Participants must pre-register, pay, and select a type of nesting box by Friday, February 22. Guests who can should bring a manual or electric Phillips-head screwdriver. A limited number will be available at the workshop.