February 21, 2012
HORICON, Wis. -- With spring fast approaching so is the return of many native birds that will be looking for a cavity or nest box in which to lay their eggs and raise young.
People can learn how to assist native cavity nesters by providing and monitoring suitable nest boxes for them during a nest box seminar that will be held at the Horicon Marsh International Education Center on Saturday, March 3. The seminar will help people learn how they can enhance bird habitat and provide nest boxes and will also address songbirds and raptors that use nest boxes. All events are free and open to the public.
Members of the Horicon Marsh Bird Club and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources have organized the seminar that will be held at the education center at Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area, which is located north of Horicon on Highway 28. There will be displays by the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin (BRAW), the Horicon Marsh Bird Club, Marsh Haven Nature Center, the Wood Duck Society, Bird City Wisconsin, Friends of Horicon Marsh International Education Center, Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area and the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory.
Members of these organizations will be available during the event to answer questions and discuss their role in providing "housing" for native cavity nesters. An indoor demonstration nest box trail will be set up to walk and learn from.
There will also be a demonstration on how to raise mealworms, and information on sparrow control techniques. People of all ages can build their own birdhouses (great activity for children) assisted by carpenters of the Beaver Dam Senior Center's woodshop. Various nest boxes and kits can be purchased.
Admission to the event is free. Lunch will be available for purchase from the Friends of Horicon Marsh International Education Center. No registration is required.
The program schedule is available on the Horicon Marsh Bird Club website [www.horiconmarshbirdclub.com/birdclubevents] (exit DNR).
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Liz Herzmann - 920-387-7893