The chirps in spring always announce the birds have come back. But some of them might not be if nothing is done. The bluebird lives in farmlands and open fields where it can find bugs easiest. They’re an invasive species that could go extinct in Pennsylvania if nothing is done according to Dr. Patrick Krantz. The reason being they don’t have enough places to build their nests. Though I didn’t know it at the time, I went out to help these birds have more homes. I went out to make a Birdhouse or as I’ve also seen it called a Birdbox.
It was made from just one six feet by a six-inch piece of wood, and a little bit of roofing to help protect it from the rain. Not too big of a house, nor was it very complicated. As we were building the house, he explained why certain aspects were added and important to have. Like the small holes at the bottom to let water drip out when it rained, keeping the entrance hole smaller to keep predators out and to keep anything from harming the eggs, and a liftable roof to clean out old nests that no longer are being used. I also was informed that while I could paint the outside of the box, I shouldn’t paint the inside of it. If the paint was on the inside and baby birds were hatched, it could be harmful to them since they’re practical to naked when they are just hatched. Thus it would be doing more harm having any living there than good, so no paint on the inside.
While actually building it I helped with a lot of different things too. Like measuring the wood out using another birdhouse that was already made and marking where to cut. Using a saw to cut the wood, which was a learning experience for me. I got several warning along the way to not rest my thumb on the boards, lest I chop the appendage off with the saw. But after cutting all the pieces, with all fingers still there, we went to build the birdhouse. We drilled holes to make it easier to hammer the nails in. We attached the sides, then the front, the bottom, the extra board for the front where the hole would be, and finally the roof and roofing.
It was honestly a lot of fun to build a home for a bird. And the fact it’s helping the environment makes it feel even better. It’s a simple activity that isn’t that hard to do. The only part that is the most important to get exactly right is the hole for the birds to go in. If it’s too big then other animals can get in, and even hurt the eggs if there are any. But if too small, nothing can get in or out of the house. While I didn’t learn the exact dimensions of building it since we used an already built birdhouse to measure all the pieces. I found a website that did list them, and it lists on the site how to build the house itself, along with everything needed. So what we created may not have been special in terms of design, but it’s important to get the dimensions just right so it’s a safe, cozy little home.
But besides the building of a tiny home for birds. I learned a lot that I didn’t know about Bluebirds. Things like
- That they live in open areas that aren’t forested!
- That they eat bugs
- And That they’re going extinct in Pennsylvania.
And hearing that the birds might be going extinct in my area was upsetting to hear. I had not heard about any birds having problems in the environment, definitely not so close to me. Though the solution to try and help is a small and easy way to try and help. And I don’t think many people realize that it’s helping the environment. I personally didn’t. When I went to go build it, I thought “It’s just building a Birdhouse. It doesn’t really do that much since they just live on trees”. I didn’t realize at all until after how important building the house was. It felt originally closer to just a project than something that was actually helping any sort of environment. The whole time while building it I just felt like it was a fun activity and not anything else. I didn’t see how any sort of impact could be made from it. In a way, originally it felt really pointless to do. But after asking about it, I found out so much more on what it does. And I feel honored in a way to have helped and created a wooden sanctuary for a species that desperately needs it around where I am.