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Four Keys to Successful Wood Duck Boxes

With the increase of urbanization and short-term timber harvesting, wood duck nesting habitat is decreasing. Most timber stands are currently managed for the quickest return possible. Therefore, old growth and mature hardwoods, which provided cavities for wood duck nesting, are decreasing. So what can we do about this decline? Install wood duck boxes!
— Read on www.mossyoak.com/our-obsession/blogs/waterfowl/four-keys-to-successful-wood-duck-boxes

Make a Purple Martin Gourd Birdhouse

Gourds have been used to make purple martin houses for centuries. Native Americans used to hang them to attract martins to their settlements to help control insects. Today, purple martins easy of the Rocky Mountains depend on people to supply them with houses and gourds. Time spent creating a purple martin gourd birdhouse is a worthwhile investment. Cured hard-shell gourds are almost as tough as plywood, and they will last up to 30 years if properly coated with a preservative and handled with a little care.

These basic gourd birdhouses are popular with the birds and purple martin “landlords”. The best part is, there’s no limit to the number of homemade birdhouses you can produce and hang right in your yard. We’ve heard of one martin enthusiast who puts up and maintains more than 600 gourd houses every year!