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Helping Mother Nature
Making Bird Houses Out of Recycled Items
by jantje blokhuis-mulder

Make This Birdhouse for Less Than $5.00

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In our back yard, off to one side stands a great old maple tree. For a lot of years this old tree has provided a safe place for birds to build their nest in amongst the branches.

Not long ago, we noticed a pair of Red-Breasted Nuthatches - tiny creatures no longer than 3 or 4 inches long - working their way into the tree trunk about 1 foot from the ground. Slowly a small hole appeared and little piles of saw dust started building up at the base of the tree. Much to our amazement the hole is now at least 4 to 5 inches deep and it seems quite cozy inside.

These little birds seem quite able to pick a place and build their own nest. However, with the urban sprawl extending further than ever, we have taken many of the natural nesting places away from our feathered friends. Fortunately, there is a way for us to help these winged critters.

Some great looking bird houses can be made out of the strangest of things. Uncle Charlie's hat can be a great abode for a happy couple, or how about those old skates hanging on a nail in the basement. What about a pair of Fred's boots? Wouldn't they make a sight to behold?

There is of course a right way and a wrong way to build a bird house. Even when you use old boots, you have to make sure that there is proper ventilation in your creation. Also, you need to be certain that the house has proper drainage so that tiny babies don't drown in a rain storm. Another important aspect to consider when you are trying to help mother nature, is to read up on the type of space needed for specific birds in your area.
Recommended: The Great Birdhouse Book
Recommended: How to Build Birdhouses and Feeders

If you are interested in making a birdhouse using a few found objects straight from mother nature, read on because you can learn how to craft a fabulous bird house for under $5.00. All you need are some twigs from the yard, a hot glue gun, a cardboard tube from the home improvement store and a couple of hours of your time. Its all here for you complete with photos, so turn the page and learn how...

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