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Enhance Wildlife Habitat

Loss of nesting habitat has greatly increased over the years especially for native cavity nesters like bluebirds. As bluebirds are officially known as the New York State bird, why not encourage them to nest on your property? When you decide to mount a bluebird box be sure the wood is untreated, the box should be without a perch and the entrance hole should be a round or oval shape approximately 1 ½ inches in diameter.

So you have the box but haven’t had any luck getting bluebirds to nest in it? Consider these guidelines: mount the box on a post or a smooth pipe where climbing mammals or snakes are not present and where the box is at least 50-200 feet away from brushy/heavily wooded areas. A site along a fence line away from human traffic and where there’s no pesticide use is optimal. Mounting the box with the entrance facing a direction away from the prevailing winds and placed within 100 feet of a tree or shrub for young to find a landing spot will encourage residency in your box. Around mid-August, be sure to thoroughly rinse and clean out your bird box, leaving it open to dry.

The Solution to Your Bug Problem

Mounting a bat roosting box is a great way to decrease the bug population without use of chemicals. Little brown bats, common in New York State, can eat thousands of insects in a single night. The most important thing to remember when mounting a bat box is choosing the right site. Placement should be at least 10 feet from the ground in an open area facing southeast and where it will get 7 hours or more of direct sun exposure. Bats will be even more encouraged to use a box if it is within 1,500 feet of a creek or pond so keep that in mind.

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