I’m pleased to announce two new products available from Wild Stewardship. For anyone who doesn’t know, I established Wild Stewardship to create and sell bird feeders, bird houses, and bat houses. In the future, I plan to add a variety of other nature related products. All of my products are handmade from high quality materials. If you are interested in purchasing any Wild Stewardship products, they can be found on Ebay, Wild Stewardship’s website www.wildstewardship.com, or through my Facebook shop at www.facebook.com/wildstewardship.
Wren/Chickadee House (door closed)
The first new product I’m rolling out is a hanging Wren or Chickadee house. This birdhouse is constructed of cedar so it will stand up to the elements for many years to come. The hanging Wren/Chickadee house also features a cleanout door on the side. By simply screwing out the hook from the front of the birdhouse, the side door easily opens to allow for easy cleanout. No tools required!
Single Chamber Bat House
The next new product is my Single Chambered Bat House. Putting up a bat house in your yard can help to control mosquito populations. Also made from Cedar, this house will last for many years. The large landing pad at the bottom and rough surface all the way up the inside, allow the bats easy access to climb in and have a safe place live where they are not a nuisance. The open bottom also ensures that there is no buildup of waste in the house.
Spring is right around the corner, so now is the perfect time to get your bird houses ready for the nesting season of many species. This is also the ideal time to provide homes for the returning bats so they are not temped to live in your attic, behind your siding, or other places that are an inconvenience. Bats are nice to have around the yard to help reduce mosquito populations, as well as the viruses that mosquitos can spread. Go to www.wildstewardship.com and see all the bird houses and feeders we have available.
In my backyard, here in East-central Wisconsin, Black-capped Chickadees are one of the most common visitors to our bird feeders. These tiny little birds are seemingly full of energy and are fun to watch. They will often fly down to perch on the feeder, quickly grab a sunflower seed and flutter back up into a nearby tree to crack open the shell and eat the nutritious seed inside. As soon as that one is gone it flies right back to the feeder for the next one.
Black-capped Chickadees are easy to identify both visually and by their songs. These small birds have a dark black cap on top of their heads, and a black throat patch under their beaks, with a white stripe running from the sides of their beak across their cheeks to the back of their heads. The Chickadee’s body and wings are primarily a brownish gray. In most of their range their typical song is a two or three note fee-bee. When they become frightened They will give their signature Chickadee-dee-dee-dee call adding more dees as the perceived threat level increases. The Black-capped Chickadee’s range stretches across the Northern half of the United states, into Canada and along the Pacific coast into Alaska. Along the Southern edge of their range they may share habitat with the Carolina Chickadee. Throughout the Rocky Mountains you will also find Mountain Chickadees, and Chestnut-backed Chickadees can be found along the Pacific coast.
Chickadees are curious little birds, even of humans; while sitting still in the woods, I have had them land on my hat, boot, knee, and even my shoulder. They are fun to watch as they dart around looking for insects, seeds and berries. Putting sunflower seed or suet feeders in your yard is a great way to attract Chickadees to your yard, and putting up a Chickadee nest box in the spring may keep these non-migratory birds frequenting your yard all year long. You can find my Wild Stewardship bird feeders and nest boxes at www.wildstewardship.com or search for my Wild Stewardship products on ebay. Please also like my Wild Stewardship page on Facebook, and check out my shop there as well. Most important of all, get outside and enjoy nature!
That’s right it’s out there, I’ve seen it. I’m not talking about Bigfoot or even the snow that is currently falling outside my window. I’m talking about my new website www.wildstewardship.com. It is now released. On the site, you will see my current selection of blue bird, wood duck, and wren or chickadee houses. These are all made of long lasting cedar to stand up to the elements for years to come. In addition to the bird houses that I show on the site I welcome custom projects as well so don’t be afraid to contact me with the bird house or bird feeder that you have been dreaming of.
Why bird houses you ask? Well bird houses are a great way to help conserve and give back to nature. Adding bird houses to your back yard is also an excellent way to attract birds to watch and enjoy from home. Putting up bird houses is a great opportunity to get kids involved in nature. Having children help to pick the place and install bird houses in your yard helps not only to begin to teach conservation but gets them outside and into nature. By providing nesting spaces for these species of birds we help to ensure that they will be around for a long time. In the case of the wood duck nest boxes like my Simple Wood duck House shown here, these have helped wood ducks come back from dwindling population levels. Long ago the wood duck was the most common duck in north America but over time the population began to drop and the installation of nest boxes like this by conservation groups and sportsmen across the wood duck’s range have helped bring them back.
So, what does this mean? Well it means I’m ready to start building your bird houses so if you or someone you know is looking to add some bird houses to their back yard have them stop over at www.wildstewardship.com and fill out the order form. In the future, you will see a variety of additional bird house designs and hand made bird feeders available as well, so make sure to check back often. Most importantly make sure you take the time to get outside to enjoy the wild-lands and wildlife in your area, better yet take a child along and introduce them to the outdoors.