Providing houses for swallows, chickadees, snow buntings, waterfowl, and small owls is an enjoyable hobby for any Alaskan who enjoys wildlife around their home or community. Birdhouses built according to specifications, placed in the proper habitat, and maintained regularly benefit both birds and people. But, incorrectly built or maintained houses either will not be used by birds, or worse, become death traps for nesting birds.
The following information is meant to help you build birdhouses suitable for Alaskan birds. More information on birdhouses can be found at your local library or bookstore. Birds that nest in cavities are the only ones attracted to nest boxes. In Alaska, 30 bird species nest in cavities, and 21 of these will use birdhouses. Excepting Snow Buntings, which nest in natural and man_made cavities in tundra areas, most cavity_nesting birds prefer to nest in holes in trees.