A group of Arlington Brownie Girl Scouts recently joined Sudbury Valley Trustees and the Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary in Boylston to learn about owl habitat at the sanctuary. After a hike on the trail, the girls helped to build a pair of houses that will be placed at Summer Star for use by nesting barred owls and eastern screech-owls. The educational hike and service project were part of the girls’ Outdoor Adventurer badge.
Both boxes were placed on mature pine trees not far from the main loop. The eastern screech owl box was installed overlooking the beaver impoundment along Wrack Meadow Brook, and the barred owl box was placed on a hill at the south end of the Sanctuary. We look forward to seeing who makes use of the boxes. You can learn more about nest box design and placement, and download free plans to build your own for both of these species, and many others, at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s NestWatch site: http://nestwatch.org/learn/all-about-birdhouses/
Assistant Director of Stewardship, Sudbury Valley Trustees