MDC invites public to learn how to build bluebird boxes

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – If the surrounding landscape is right, putting up a bluebird nesting box is a great way to entice Missouri’s state bird to take up residence close to your home.

People interested in learning more about how to build and put up a bluebird nesting box should sign up for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) virtual program “Woodworking for Wildlife” on Dec. 16. This online event will be 6-7:30 p.m. and is being put on by the staff of MDC’s Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. This program is for all ages. People can sign up at:

In the wild, bluebirds compete with starlings, house sparrows and other creatures for cavity nesting space. It’s thought this shortage of natural nesting space is one reason bluebirds readily accept appropriately placed man-made nest boxes. In the Dec. 16 program, MDC Outdoor Education Center Specialist Keith DeBow will explain how all the cuts to make a nesting box can be made out of a single board. DeBow will also show how to assemble the pieces and will have tips about good nesting box locations that will attract bluebirds.

Bluebird boxes work best in rural locations or in urban settings that have large yards. Nest boxes should be placed in open grassy areas that have perching sites. Meadows, pastures or big yards that are not too heavily shaded are ideal. Perching locations can be in the form of fence lines, power lines or nearby trees.

MDC’s Andy Dalton Range and Outdoor Education Center is located at 4897 N. Greene County Farm Road 61 near Ash Grove. Dalton Range staff are holding both virtual and -in-person programs. People can get more information about the range and about upcoming events by calling 417-742-4361.

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