Did you know that owls don’t build their own nests? Some use the abandoned nests of hawks, ravens and other birds, but cavity nesters like Barn Owls, Screech Owls, Saw-Whets and Barred Owls will readily nest in a box. You can build your own nesting box and pick up some helpful tips about location and positioning at the Owl Nesting Box Workshop on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2 – 4pm at The Ridges workshop, 8288 County Q in Baileys Harbor.
In addition to being able to observe these elegant birds in your own backyard, there are other good reasons to build a box. Barn Owls, as an example, are one of the most widespread owl species in the world but in many areas across the United States, populations have been declining due to the loss of habitat and traditional nesting spots. Since these birds prey upon small mammals, particularly rodents, they’re beneficial to many habitats. Farmers and gardeners around the globe are major advocates of owl nest boxes for this reason alone. Screech Owls, too, make excellent neighbors, helping to control populations of rats, mice, and harmful insects.
“Building a next box is easy,” says Brian Forest, Education Specialist at The Ridges. “The hard part is watching and waiting patiently for your new tenants to take up residence!”
Fees for the workshop are $25/adult for Ridges members, $30/adult for the general public and $10 for children under 18. Fees include materials for one next box. Additional kits are available for $20. Capacity is limited, and registration is required. Register online at RidgesSanctuary.org or call 920-839-2802.