Developing a Nest Box Protocol -Fall Newsletter 2018
by Bill Read (President, Ontario Eastern Bluebird Association)
When asked to give advice on any proposed nest box project, I tell participants that building the nest boxes amounts to only 5% of the total project – the placement, predator protection, monitoring and record keeping make up the other 95 %. The OEBS has developed a protocol that can be followed when designing a nest box program for all cavity nesting species. It is hoped by following this protocol, groups running these workshops will have a greater chance of success attracting and being successful with the target species.
- Plan all phases of the project before starting.
- Decide on a target species and learn all about that species before starting.
- Determine nest box locations. If on private property make sure you have the landowners’ permission before setting up the nest boxes.
- Determine what kind of predator protection will be used.
- Decide who will monitor the boxes. 6. Decide who will keep the records.
- If boxes are to be located in areas with high House Sparrow populations decide how this risk will be mitigated.
- Decide how many nest boxes to build
- It is best to start small with a few nest boxes and do it properly. More can be added the following year.