Housing Market Concerns in the Wildlife Community
This year, for the first time, the Game Commission is offering for sale a variety of wildlife nesting structures for several species of birds – from bluebirds to flickers, from ducks to owls – as well as bats and squirrels.
“Development consumes 300 to 350 acres of
“For years, our Howard Nursery has been constructing a number of different wildlife nesting structures for placement on State Game Lands and to provide to private landowners enrolled in the agency’s three cooperative public access programs. This year, we decided to expand the types of nesting boxes that we offer for sale to the general public, beyond the popular bluebird boxes.”
Homeowners – the human kind, that is – can view the entire selection of nesting structures for sale on the Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) by clicking on “Deals on Wildlife Homes” in the “Quick Clicks” box in the right-hand column of the homepage. The brochure and order form list the nesting structures by habitat type, to guide landowners in determining which nesting structure is best suited for their property.
Available nesting structures, listed by habitat types, along with the size (in inches) and price, are as follows:
Open Land or Woodland Margins – American kestrel box, 24x12x13,
Hardwood Forests – barred owl box, 34x17x18,
Farmlands or Open Lands – barn owl box, 17x36x17,
Wetlands and Associated Uplands – wood duck box, 32x10x17,
Prices listed do not include shipping/handling costs, which range from
Once an order is received, a representative from the Game Commission’s Howard Nursery will contact the customer to confirm the order and discuss scheduled shipping dates. Completed orders can be mailed (P.O. Boxes are not acceptable for delivery), or arrangements can be made for customers to pick up their orders at Howard Nursery.
For the do-it-yourselfer, the Game Commission has a “Woodcrafting for Wildlife” book for sale (
Additionally, landowners seeking to plant trees beneficial to wildlife may still place orders for tree or shrub seedlings with the Game Commission’s Howard Nursery. For an update on seedling species still available, as well as an order form, visit the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), click on the “Forms and Programs” section and choose “Howard Nursery Seedling Program.”
Facts from the Pennsylvania Game Commission: During the 2007-08 fiscal year, the Game Commission’s Howard Nursery wood shop produced and shipped 7,820 bluebird/chickadee/wren boxes; 15,188 bluebird box kits; 634 wood duck boxes and kits; and 360 other nesting boxes.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Game Commission