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Building Bird Boxes


In addition to birds that nest in tree cavities, namely the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, there are many other species of bird living in the longleaf forest and surrounding region that can benefit from a nesting box. Nesting boxes offer birds a protected space to build their nest and raise their young.

Be sure you research what dimensions and materials you should use to construct the nesting box, as well as where they should be located, depending on the species you are trying to attract and help.

Factors to Consider:

  • Proximity to habitat
  • Where and how you'll install the box

Helpful Resources

How to Build & Install Nesting Boxes

Extensive resource from Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin


Extensive resource on bird boxes and nest monitoring citizen science projects from NestWatch, a project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

SDG wheel

Supporting United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG’s) are a list of projects and actions that all countries can take on to improve their economies and reduce poverty while also protecting the planet. If you choose this project for your Quest, you are helping pursue the goals listed below:


Supporting Drawdown Solutions

Drawdown Solutions are a list of actions and technologies that draw down carbon from the atmosphere and benefit people and communities at the same time. By choosing this project for your Quest, you will be helping decrease carbon in our atmosphere in the following ways: