Sponsor a Nest Box

Since the late 80's, many of the more than 80 cavity trees used by boreal owls for nesting have either fallen to the ground or have been removed by timber harvests.  During that same period, my ongoing springtime population monitoring suggests a marked decrease in the abundance and distribution of the owls.  First the trees disappear, then the owls.  Is there a relationship? 

In January, 2005, in cooperation with the Superior National Forest, I embarked on a nest box construction, placement, and maintenance program.   My goal for 2005 is to establish 100 nest boxes in habitats that have historically supported boreal and northern saw-whet nests.  Although nest box placement may provide a short-term benefit to owls, I also recognize the need to actively conserve and advocate for older and old-growth forests.  

Besides construction, each box must be maintained on an annual basis (cleaned, repaired) and checked in the spring to find out if an owl family has "set up shop".  If you are interested in supporting my efforts, please contact me.    Contributions are not tax-deductible at this time. 

Educators/Classroom Sponsor a Nest Box Program

Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Naturalists:  What better way to educate, than with hands-on learning?  For $40.oo per box, North Shore classrooms can support the construction and placement of one (or more) nest boxes within critical boreal owl habitat.  Students will have an opportunity to construct their boxes using pre-assembled materials and hardware; making this a great opportunity for hands-on learning,  and a great way to encourage student involvement with the boreal forest ecosystem.   Following construction, your box will be placed along an established nest box trail.  During the Spring "box check" those classrooms sponsoring a nest box, will have an opportunity to accompany me as I check your boxes for owl occupancy.

Sponsor a Nest Box

A contribution of $50.00 will support the construction, placement and maintenance of one nest box for one year.  You will receive information pertaining to the boxes' location, a certificate of Sponsorship and updates on occupancy and/or nesting attempts. 

 

Sponsor a Nest Box  Neighborhood

A contribution of $140.00 will support the construction, placement, and maintenance of 3 nest boxes for one year.   You will be informed of the breeding season status of your boxes.  You will receive a certificate of Sponsorship.  Should an owl family set up residence, you will be invited to accompany me during banding operations.

Sponsor a Nest Box Village

A contribution of $250.00 (or more) will support the construction, placement and maintenance of 6 nest boxes for one year.    You will be informed of the breeding season status of your boxes.  You will be invited to participate in box monitoring and maintenance.  Should an owl family set up residence, you will be invited to accompany me during banding operations. 

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