You can make conservation happen in your yard!
Making your yard a haven for birds is a thoughtful and wise decision you won’t regret. Birds brighten the landscape with their beautiful colors and songs, restrict pest populations, and provide your family with countless hours of enjoyment as these charismatic creatures raise their own families before your eyes. They will capture your heart as you gently watch over them, witness the chicks growing up, and await their return the following spring. It can be a truly gratifying experience that brings you closer to the natural world, conservation, and your own yard.
Bird populations are in serious decline, primarily due to loss of habitat. Cavity nesting birds are faced with ever diminishing places to nest, because there are fewer and fewer places where dead trees are allowed to stand and rot in place. Our homeowner bird box program is designed to help cavity nesting birds by providing a safe place for them to lay their eggs and raise their young.
Homeowners who reside within the Trust's 28,000 acre focal area (primarily Willistown Township and small bit of the surrounding area) are invited to participate in our bird box program. Each year we build and distribute a limited number of bird boxes to homeowners. New participants may contact the Trust at firstname.lastname@example.org in late winter or early spring to express interest.
Our experts will visit your property, prepare a bird box plan, provide the boxes, and install them; all for a modest per box charge. We will not install boxes on properties with outdoor cats.
Boxes are available for Bluebirds, House Wrens, Tree Swallows, Chickadees, Kestrels and Wood Ducks.
A special bird box team of experts has been assigned by Willistown Conservation Trust to guide you through your bird box venture. During the breeding season, your team will be available to answer all of your questions and guide you through trouble-shooting and maintenance. If you are interested, your team may also give you advice on how best to manage your property for bird habitat (e.g., planting native shrubs).
We are also available to guide you through the monitoring process, which is strongly encouraged. If done peacefully and respectfully, monitoring weekly does not bother the birds and helps us understand the success rate of our program while protecting against undesirable events (such as non-native birds or predators).