I have gone a long way in my journey to find happiness while helping to conserve, preserve, and strive toward giving back to this earth that gives us so much. In my years as a biologist, I became aware that habitat loss is the single most detrimental factor in the population decline of species. Displacement by human urbanization has pushed some species to their brink. I can't save them all, you can't save them all, but together we can do our part to save some.
Giving back to the earth is a way of life that I feel committed to. For my part I have chosen to do many things. I am very much committed to habitat restoration. The last rehabilitation project I did (1997 - 2002) was one of a waterway restoration, as a volunteer. Participation in these kinds of projects bring a great deal of satisfaction. This project's end result, will be to provide quality riparian habitat where there was at one time a field. In it many animals will have a home. It may become a part of other animal's home range, and another's territory. To me this is giving at its best. But more needs to be done. Where I live the timber industry is busy converting one type of habitat into another. Major forested tracks are becoming fragmented by clear-cut management practices. Dead and dying trees are removed. Combine clear-cut forestry with the removal of dead and decadent trees and the end result is a net loss of snag habitat for cavity nesting birds. This is a critical part of many of our birds life cycle. Bluebirds, Chickadees, American Kestrel, Screech Owl, Pygmy Owl, House Wren, and Tree Swallow are but a few of the species dependent on woodpeckers to leave abandon cavities in trees for their own nesting place. A majority of these cavities are in those dead and dying trees of the forest community. When the snags and dying trees are removed where will these birds go that lack the means to create their own nest cavity.
My major mission with "birdbox.us" is to be a source for bird nesting boxes. Nest boxes shall never replace the loss of natural habitat but they may be helpful to those displaced by the continued urban sprawl and forest practices creating this loss of critical habitat. The thought of habitat replacement will never be accomplished yet this is a step in a direction of replacement.
Bird nesting boxes from Birdbox.us is a place to find and obtain products that are designed for and with, the betterment of living wild birds, in mind. We are suppliers of finely crafted western red-cedar bird nest boxes. Although our specialty is nesting boxes, we also supply finely crafted: bird seed feeders, bird feeder complexes, suit feeders, and other things for the betterment of wild birds.
It seems a contradiction to be using wood products to replace the trees that are central to the problem of deforestation and habitat loss. Using wood products for this project is a contribution to the problem. I realize since this is the case I must show that I am taking this into consideration in this project. These wood products come from a non-traditional source. They are available at a lower price than the lumber yards and I am able to pass those savings along to the consumer.
The wood materials are of the finest quality. I buy products from a small independent mill which only takes salvaged trees (dead and down or otherwise non-merchantable) from our U.S. National Forests. The fact is that if they weren't taken out, they would be burned as slash and forest waste anyhow. The trees are harvested using minimal impact, horse logging techniques. Logs are milled to the rough dimensions. Unlike the lumber you find in lumberyards, these 1 X 6's are really 1 inch by 6 inches. The rough sawn wood is preferable for nest box construction for three reasons that I can think of. The thickness lengthens its live expectancy out in the weather. The rough surface that the saw creates enables the birds to grasp its surface with their feet (toe claws). And finally, there is less waist of natural resources without the planing process.