February Last Week - Homes for Birds Week
This event is held each year to encourage people to clean out and fix up their existing bird house as well as put up new homes for wild birds.
The birds who use bird houses are known as cavity nesters. About 85 of the 650 breeding birds in North America use cavities for nesting. Nature provides cavities in many ways. Dead and decaying trees are a good source. Woodpeckers create cavities for their own nest. These later become homes for other birds. In nature, there is usually a shortage of natural cavities especially now that most people think trees that are dying or have holes are ugly and cut them down. Because of this cutting and trimming plus the natural shortage in nature, there are usually many more pairs of birds needing a cavity than there are cavities. Fortunately for the cavity nesting birds, they will accept one of our bird houses as a substitute. Which is why you can usually attract a bird to your yard with a bird house.