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Birdhouse hunters: which box is best for their nest? by Dana Grayson

May 18, 2022

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Have you ever walked around the gardening section of your local home store and seen bird houses so cute you were tempted to buy them and hang them up right away? Not so fast! Providing a safe home for a growing bird family is serious stuff, and it’s very easy for a well-intentioned bird lover to do more harm than good. One of your first steps in being a good bluebird landlord is choosing the right home for them. In this presentation we’ll cover:
  • Qualities you need in a nestbox for bluebirds and other native cavity nesting birds, materials, dimensions, monitoring access, etc.
  • Why these qualities are necessary for a successful nesting season
  • What types of nestboxes and designs you should avoid
To register for this workshop, please email [email protected]org with the name of the workshop in the subject line. You will be sent a zoom link before the workshop.
Dana Grayson lives in Frederick County, Maryland, with her husband, Nicholas, and dog, Eddie. She currently works as a marketing manager for a software company serving non-profit organizations. Dana grew up surrounded by countryside and farmland, and this is where she first gained her love of nature and animals of all kinds. When she began working from home full-time, Dana had more opportunities to witness nature in her own backyard, especially the birds. She was most captivated by the beauty and personalities of Eastern Bluebirds, and installed nestboxes for them and other native cavity nesters. In a relatively short time managing and monitoring nestboxes on her own property and several other private properties, she has helped fledge over 75 native cavity nesters since beginning her landlord journey. Dana became a member of the Maryland Bluebird Society to learn more about how to make the bluebirds’ nesting seasons a success, and in 2019 she joined their Board of Directors. Dana also serves as a co-coordinator for Frederick County, providing advice, guidance, and best practices to local bluebird landlords. Dana is thrilled to further expand her service to the Board of the North American Bluebird Society. Dana enjoys using her skills as a marketer to attract more people to birding and caretaking of bluebirds by engaging people through social media, creating online content, virtual events, newsletters, and more.
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