habitat structures

This adage is as true for animals as it is for old baseball players. Artificial habitat structures such as bird nest boxes, bee boxes and bat boxes are a great way to attract wildlife. This is really important for new restoration sites, young forests or new forest plantations.

Newer or less established natural areas usually lack the features needed to attract wildlife, such as large diameter trees, dead standing trees or natural cavities, which are easily found in more mature habitats. Artificial habitat structures can also attract welcome wildlife to your backyard for a true field of dreams for welcome wildlife.

These structures mimic features found in mature habitats and provide shelter and breeding spaces for a variety of animals. They also provide specialized habitat that may be hard to come by in nature such as rock crevices and structures for hibernating animals like bats and snakes. When installed properly and maintained regularly, artificial habitat structures serve as a safe place for wildlife to raise young and can offer a glimpse into what’s happening in your own backyard.

This year CVC is growing our habitat structures program. In addition to bird nest boxes, bat boxes and bee boxes, the expanded program will offer a greater selection of box types, installation options and large scale structures.

You can buy a habitat structure box from us and install it yourself, or let us install it for you.  

Boxes are sold as a kit, which includes the nest box, materials required for installation, a site selection and maintenance guide, as well as wood shavings for the first season. If you choose to let us do the work for you, we’ll identify the right species to attract and box locations for your yard.

To learn more about habitat structures or have CVC install habitat structures on your property, please contact Freyja Whitten at [email protected]

Comments (5)

  1. Do you offer nesting workshops? Where online would I find the boxes that you sell? I am interested in ordering native plants that go with the birds I want to attract.
    Thanks for your input.

  2. Our new home backs onto Mount Pleasant Recreation Trail’s greenbelt, I love nature! I placed a couple of bird-feeders on my deck so our two indoor cats can enjoy watching ‘Mother Nature Network Live TV’ the birds feasting on the seeds we provided. They love it and the wild birds that visit are unfazed by our cats chattering, and stalking (hidden in our houseplants) them behind the safety of our sliding glass doors, it’s a win-win. I plan on adding coral honeysuckle on the fence line along with other wildlife friendly vegetation. However, I’m unable to place bird-boxes on our property for the birds to live and raise their young. However, there’s plenty of greenbelt trees behind us.

    Is there anyway possible for these bird-boxes to be added to these trees. If so, how can I go about that without violating any by-laws? Also, is there any way of adding more variety of plants eg. Milkweed for Monarch Butterflies (to feast on) to be added to the greenbelt along with any other beautiful wild-flowers?

    I don’t mind literally tossing some seeds (which kind are allowed?) directly behind my property line for the wildlife to enjoy but I’m unable to go back there to properly plant the seeds due to the chainlink fence. My backyard is small so I need the precious space I do have for a organic vegetable garden.

    So far we’ve had a couple of black-capped chickadees and some bright orange coloured bird (not scarlet nor cardinal, no black on it) visit the feeders along with two other unknown type of birds I’ve never seen before. Wishing a complete bird-list (PHOTO!!!/description) was available online to help me identify them.

    Anyways, kindly let me know as to how to accomplish these tasks and if this can be done by Credit Valley Conservation by volunteers, etc. Thanks in advance!

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