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Nesting season is over, so what should I do with my nest boxes?

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The first thing you can do is to clean out any old nesting materials. On many nest boxes you can gain access by swinging open the front or side panel. If that isn’t possible, many boxes have a bottom that can be unscrewed. If all else fails, take a bent coat hanger, hook the nesting material and drag it out through the entrance hole. Make sure that any drainage holes are unplugged (another good use for your trusty coat hanger).

Chickadee exiting the nest box.

 Also check for squirrel damage around the hole. You can purchase metal plates of different sizes that can be put around the hole to prevent further damage (chewed wood), then hose out the box and let dry in the sun. Last, re-hang the box so your birds have all winter too get comfortable with it. There is a wide selection of boxes for many species.


 You might also consider mounting a roosting box or two in your yard. Many species have been known to huddle together inside these boxes – all part of your year-round role as Hotelier to the Birds!


I am delighted to join the Birdzilla team through this blog, sharing ideas and topics related to feeding and attracting wild birds in your backyard. Bird feeding is my life-long passion,  instilled by bird-feeding parents who raised me on an 80-acre farm in central Michigan.  After college, my wife and I served as U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer high-school teachers in Africa and then as staff members over an eight-year period.
Those wonderful times led to 30-years of bird-feeding leadership as founder of the Wild Bird Centers, franchising and supporting wild bird specialty stores across the country. I helped found the Bird Education Network and was a key financial supporter of PROJECT WILDBIRD, I currently serve as Executive Director of the National Bird-Feeding Society. Several years ago, I was asked to join “The Birder’s Team”, a working group of birding leaders selected by the National Wildlife Refuge System to recommend ways to better serve birders. millions of whom visit our extraordinary network of more than 500 Refuges. These “conservation jewels” actively protect critical habitat and conserve bird populations of all kinds. Most recently, I served as a judge to select the winning artist for the NWRS’ 2015 Duck Stamp Contest.

I now look forward to helping our readers experience the best our wonderful hobby offers. As I often say “The closer we live to each other, the closer we want to be to Nature.”

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