Bird houses available 2012.03.29

Written by David Green.

The Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District has fully assembled wildlife houses and feeders available for sale.

The houses are sold at a low cost to promote wildlife in Fulton County and to provide natural insect control. Birds and bats are a natural alternative to spraying chemicals. Houses are available for bluebirds, house wrens, wood ducks, squirrels and bats.

The houses come in a variety of styles and types of wood and are designed for easy cleaning after the nesting season is over.  Included with each house is a set of instructions detailing how to mount and care for each one.

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 and filling. Colorful booklets describing specific birds, bats, and butterflies are also available for sale.

The Conservation District offers building plans for wildlife houses and feeders free of charge so carpenters can build their own.

With spring approaching, now is a good time to get birdhouses ready for new arrivals. It is important to clean out any nest debris left over from last year’s residents. Birds like to start new each year and rebuild their nests. It is also a good time of year to install new houses for birds returning from the South. New houses should be mounted by the middle of March so that early arrivals will have several houses to choose from.

Items are on display at the Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District office, located at 8770 St. Rte. 108, Suite B in Wauseon, across from the fairgrounds. Items may also be seen by visiting www.fultoncountyoh.com/swcd. Click on the link “District Services” and “Items for Sale.”

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