About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Saturday, August 27, 2016

The right house can bring birds back

Why would I want to purchase a bird house?

While a lot of birds build cup shaped nests out of grasses and soft natural materials, other birds like to nest in the cavities of trees. In the modern yards we take down dead or dying trees leaving many species of birds with a shortage of great places to nest.

Habitat loss has driven some species away from former nesting areas but the right house can bring birds back home. A bird house mimics a tree cavity. Bluebirds, wrens, titmice, nuthatches, woodpeckers, tree swallows and other house-hunting species will occupy nest boxes as long as they have the right location and dimensions.

You will increase the diversity of bird species attracted to your yard and they will consume thousands insects. Then once nesting has begun, the number of insects required to sustain a healthy brood of babies is multiplied by seven. That’s several thousands of bugs a day for just one family.

By putting up a bird house you help improve the natural habitat. You can help bird species by creating a healthy ecosystems, restoring areas where damage has been done, and reconnecting fragmented habitat to restore natural pathways.

Related Articles:
5 Tips to Attract Birds to Nest in your Bird Houses http://bit.ly/xETceZ
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Which Way Do You Face a Birdhouse? http://bit.ly/AD43TW
Don’t use treated lumber to build a birdhouse http://bit.ly/x2pIG0
When do birds begin nesting? http://bit.ly/wbJ3kE
DO NOT Collect Dryer Lint for the birds to use as nesting material! http://bit.ly/wC5HcO

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