2/23/2009

Screech owl box nesting guide

Spring fever is definitely picking up and people are already planning for the owl nesting season. You may ask how I know that and the answer is simply: Web traffic. Yip, I’ve noticed that my site is getting a lot more traffic related to owl boxes. Many people are ready to get out their tools to put together the ultimate Screech owl box. Although you’re ready to go, you may still have some questions like should I build a box or buy one; what should the box dimensions be; how high should I put it…..and you probably have a lot more questions. In order to assist you with the process of attracting a Screech owl, I’ll share all the information I’ve gathered over the years. Although I haven’t had a successful season yet, I have had some close calls along the way. Here's a detailed look at what I've learnt along the way:

Owl box construction
Topics covered include: Timing and Design, Location, Box mounting and Protection
http://owlbox.blogspot.com/2008/10/building-screech-owl-box.html

Owl protection
Topics covered include: Installing flashing on and around your owl box, roof design and squirrel deterrence.
http://owlbox.blogspot.com/2007/11/photo-of-owl-box-flashing.html
http://owlbox.blogspot.com/2008/10/owl-box-v30.html

When do owls move in?
Topics covered include: Owl behavior related to nesting and owl box selection.
http://owlbox.blogspot.com/2008/01/when-do-screech-owls-move-in.html
http://owlbox.blogspot.com/2007/12/owl-box-update.html

Selecting an owlcam
Topics covered include: The value of an owlcam, plugin play vs. custom cameras, when to install your camera.
http://owlbox.blogspot.com/2008/12/which-owlcam-should-i-get.html

The waiting game
Topics covered include: Staying positive during the waiting period.
http://owlbox.blogspot.com/2008/01/hurry-up-and-wait-mr-impatient.html
http://owlbox.blogspot.com/2008/03/owl-box-when-no-news-is-bad-news.html

Marketing your owl box 101
Topics covered include: Basic marketing tips to attract Screech owls – Note these tactics are pre-recession and may need to be modified!
http://owlbox.blogspot.com/2008/02/owl-box-open-house.html

Knowing the enemy-squirrels
Topics covered include: A comprehensive guide to your enemy: squirrels, basic squirrel deterrence strategies, eviction principles and implementation, surveillance and the bad guys
http://owlbox.blogspot.com/2008/01/stick-treatment.html
http://owlbox.blogspot.com/2008/07/bitter-sweet-squirrel.html
http://owlbox.blogspot.com/2009/02/squirrel-alert.html

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