This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum. Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Animal Care.
In this Badge Bit you will make a bird house for a specific species of bird.
Here's a nice youtube video of making an Eastern Bluebird house:
To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- it must be designed for a specific species of bird
- natural wood and steel/wood fasteners (no glue, plywood, stain, paint)
- must be able to open for cleaning
To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must:
- post a pic of the bird house under construction
- post a pic of your finished bird house in its final mounted location
- say what bird species it is designed for, how this design is a good match for that bird, and why you would like more of that bird in this area, and some dimensional specifics
I wanted to put in a wood duck nest box over our small pond in the back yard. Wood ducks are gorgeous and I haven't seen one in a decade or two so I figured this might help the situation. I used entrance hole and nest box sizing recommendations from the USDA and some websites. The chunk of trunk is 24" tall (2" of that is the bottom) and it's 12" in diameter with about 1/2-1" walls. The hole is an oval that's 4" wide and 3" tall. If you're building your own, check out all the duck house info online to get some plans (unless you're using a log like I did)...
I cut down some tamarack trees to make fence posts and saved a chunk from the butt of the biggest one to make a natural birdhouse from. I carved a slab off for the removable back of the house. I noodled the inside out with the chainsaw (pain in the butt) and put a slot in the bottom for drainage and shrinkage of the log. The top is a piece of cedar. The back pivots on a screw and is held shut with a piece of wire wrapping around another screw. It's mounted to another piece of tamarack that's pounded down into the bottom of the pond.
"Hundreds of years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in or the type of car I drove... But the world may be different because I did something so bafflingly crazy that it becomes a tourist destination"