Bluebird nest boxes should be placed in open areas like field edges on poles or fence posts 5┦ feet above the ground. This bird is found in only a limited area of east central Alaska and cannot be attracted in other areas. Swallow nest boxes should be placed in open areas including cities, field edges, open forests, lawns or gardens. Place the boxes 10┰ feet above the ground on posts, trees or beneath house eaves.
Snags provide "hawking" perches for flycatchers and resting perches for swallows. Flycatchers perch on a branch, fly out to snatch insects, and then return to the same branch to watch for other insects. Large natural cavities, formed in snags by decay, often provide homes for a variey of mammals including marten, porcupine, bats, bushy_tailed woodrats, northern flying squirrels, and other species. When left to decay and fall over naturally, large hollow snags may provide den sites for larger animals like mink, lynx, red fox, and wolverine. To help provide homes for this wide variety of animals, leave dead trees standing whenever possible, particularly snags larger than 6 inches in diameter and/or any containing woodpecker holes or other cavities.