Bird houses available 03.16.2011

Written by David Green.

With spring approaching, it’s time to check and clean wildlife houses.

Now is the time of year to install new houses for the birds returning from the south. New houses should be mounted by the middle of March so that any early arrivals will have houses.

It is important to rid houses of any nest debris left over from last year’s residents. Birds like to start new each year and rebuild their nests.

The Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District has fully assembled houses for bluebirds, house wrens, wood ducks, squirrels, bats, and more available for sale. The houses are sold at a low cost to promote wildlife and to provide natural insect control. Birds and bats are a natural alternative to spraying chemicals.

The houses are available in a variety of styles and types of wood. They are designed for easy cleaning after the nesting season is over. Included with each house is a set of instructions detailing the mounting and the care of each house. Building plans for wildlife houses and feeders are available free of charge to those who wish to build their own.

Also available for sale is a variety of bird, bat, and squirrel feeders. The bird feeders are made of high quality cedar with flip-up lids for easy cleaning. Colorful booklets describing specific birds, bats, and butterflies are also for sale.

For more information or to see items on display, visit the Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District office located at 8770 St. Rte. 108, Suite B, in Wauseon, across from the fairgrounds. Orders may also be placed at www.fultoncountyoh.com/swcd.

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