You can attract bluebirds to take up residence close to your home. The Missouri Department of Conservation says if the surrounding landscape is right, putting up a bluebird nesting box is a great way to entice Missouri’s state birds to live nearby.
People interested in learning more about how to build and put up a bluebird nesting box should sign up for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) virtual program “Woodworking for Wildlife.” The program will be online on Dec. 16the, from 6-7:30 p.m. The program is put on by the staff of MDC’s Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. This program is for all ages.
People can sign up at: https://mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/178719
MDC Outdoor Education Center Specialist Keith DeBow will explain how all the cuts to make a nesting box can be made out of a single board. DeBow will also show how to assemble the pieces and will have tips about good nesting box locations that will attract bluebirds.
Bluebird boxes work best in rural locations or in urban settings that have large yards. Nest boxes should be placed in open grassy areas that have perching sites. Meadows, pastures, or big yards that are not too heavily shaded are ideal. Perching locations can be in the form of fence lines, power lines, or nearby trees.