The photos above are of a bird house located in the grasslands near the Gundersen Onalaska campus. Why is it important to have bird houses? Bird houses are also known as nest boxes because they provide a safe place for birds to build their nest and raise their young. In the winter, birds will also huddle together for warmth within a bird house. More than 50 different species of birds nest in bird houses. In suburban areas where there is less vegetation or natural environments, bird houses are essential in providing the birds with a safe place to raise their young. When birds migrate, bird houses also provide them with a place to rest. It is important in general to help preserve the bird population because birds eat seeds and spread the seeds different areas, which in turn promotes plant growth. Birds also partake in eating pesky insects.
Are you considering building a bird house at your house or on your organizations land? First consider the type of species you are building it for, how big you want it to be, and where you plan on putting it. The material it is made out of is also important—wood prevents the house from becoming too hot when the sun hits it. Simply searching for bird houses online will provide you with the resources you need to start building your bird house. Take action today, and help support the native bird population by building or purchasing a bird house.