A healthy ecosystem is biodiverse, which means it gives a home to many different species. We can help the whole ecosystem stay healthy by helping one animal at a time. Right in your backyard, you can build a birdhouse and give a bird a safe place to hatch and care for its chicks. You probably have supplies for this project already in your home!
Gather your supplies.
- Clean plastic container*
- Paint brushes
- Wooden dowel or stick
- Box knife or scissors
- Rope or string for hanging
- Hot glue
- ⅓ cup measuring cup
- Permanent marker
- Any other decorating materials you like!
*The size of the container will attract different types of birds. See the chart below for more information on what size container to choose:
|Bird species||Interior floor space (inches)||Total birdhouse height (inches)||Height of entrance above floor (inches)|
Clean out your container
Place the ⅓ cup measuring cup where you want the hole and trace around it with a permanent marker. Make sure the hole isn’t much larger than this, so that the bird feels like this is a safe, protected place to keep a nest.
Ask an adult to use a sharp tool to cut a hole in the container. Make sure there aren’t any sharp points sticking out! You may have to use sandpaper to smooth out the edges.
Go wild with decorations!
Hot glue the dowel or stick underneath the hole
Cut two slats on top of the container
Tie a knot on one end of the rope and thread it through from underneath then back over into the other slat to create a loop
Tie another knot on the opposite end of the rope and cut off the extra string
Use the string to hang the birdhouse in or near a tree. Try to choose a shady area where the temperature inside the birdhouse will stay nice and comfortable