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.
Birdhouses should be placed in fall or winter, if possible. Swallows may use nest boxes set out during late May or early June, but owls, chickadees, and woodpeckers begin looking for nest sites during February, March and April. Always face the birdhouse so the entrance is protected from prevailing winds. Kestrel nest boxes should be placed at the edge of a forest area or on a post in an open area 12┰ feet above the ground.