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Build a Birdhouse Family Program

Date: September 29, 2018
Time: 10:00 am
Location Garden of Ideas, Ridgefield
Member Price: $20.00
Non-Member Price: $20.00
Summary:
Join us for this exciting, family-friendly program! Bring your children and learn about our backyard birds, then build your own birdhouse to place in your yard.
Detailed Description:

Some of our backyard birds, such as the Eastern Bluebird, Tree Swallow or the Carolina Wren, nest in tree cavities (holes in tree trunks). As forests are cleared by people, habitats such as mature forests with trees containing nesting sites are reduced - eliminating essential habitat for cavity-nesting birds. To help preserve or improve bird populations, people have been building and putting up nest boxes. Nest box programs have been successful in increasing populations of many cavity-nesting birds such as bluebirds.  Different birds require different sized houses.  The houses we will be building are for cardinals (larger than the one pictured).

Why put up a birdhouse this time of year?  While birds do not breed during the winter, bird houses are still used as roosting boxes.  Some birds gather in groups inside the boxes to stay warm.  Bluebirds are famous for this.  Also, many birds start much earlier in the spring, than you may think,  looking for somewhere to bring up their young. By having a clean box available in late winter, it gives the birds a better opportunity to find a nesting place.

Pre-registration required - Children must be accompanied by an adult.

What to bring:  Please bring a hammer and screwdriver.

Cost: The fee ($20) is a family rate and includes one adult and up to two additional family members (child or adult) and supplies for one backyard birdhouse. Children must be accompanied by an adult. (Membership rates do not apply)

Location: Garden of Ideas - 653 North Salem Road, Ridgefield, CT (203) 431-9914

Directions: From Ridgefield Center at the junction of 35 & 116 take Route 116 (North Salem Road) west for about 3 miles. The Garden is on the left - look for a white & green sign and a rustic fence. From the west - The Garden is 1.3 miles from the NY/CT state line - just past the Ridgefield Middle/High School complex on the right after Craigmoor Road.

This program is co-sponsored by Garden of Ideas.

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