Components of a Nature Habitat - Nest Boxes

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Not everyone will be blessed with all sixteen Habitat Components on their property.

This does not mean that introducing as many as possible will not enhance wildlife. The key is to understand each of the components, what they are, how they assist in nature and what wildlife will be assisted by their availability.

Components of a Nature Habitat

Nest Boxes

The Registry of Nature Habitats - Nest Boxes

Components of a Nature Habitat 



Structural Habitat Component

Nest Boxes

Selecting a bird house involves some pre-planning based upon your expectations and setting. When selecting a birdhouse it is important to keep these factors in mind:

  • The type of birds you are trying to attract.
  • 85 species of North American birds are defined as cavity nesters- of these approximately 30 species of birds will use a birdhouse.
  • Once you have selected the species you want to attract, learn about their specific needs.
  • The desired appearance and visible setting for the birdhouse (place away from your birdfeeders).
  • Place opposite wind currents, in a relatively sunny area.
  • Proximity of protective landscaping to the bird house.
  • Ease of cleaning and maintenance.
  • Competition and threat from other animals (cats, squirrels, raccoons, hawks).
  • Pay particular attention to the interior dimensions required by the species you want to attract.
  • Resist the temptation to cluster numerous bird houses together, birds are very territorial.
  • Clean the bird house annually using a 10% bleaching solution.
  • Be patient. Even with the right mixture of habitat, positioning, selection of housing, water, and feed it will take time before your site is adopted by a nesting pair of birds.

Bird Nesting Chart and Size Requirements