Game Commission urges support for wildlife housing issues

Harrisburg — As development continues take over wildlife
habitats, the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Howard Nursery has a
way for wildlife enthusiasts to help support wildlife housing needs
without having to apply for a second mortgage. The agency’s Howard
Nursery is selling a variety of wildlife nesting structures for
several species of birds – from bluebirds to flickers, from ducks
to owls – as well as housing boxes for bats and squirrels.

“According to Pennsylvania’s Wildlife Action Plan, development
consumes more than 300 acres of Pennsylvania’s landscape per day,”
said Carl G. Roe, Pennsylvania Game Commission executive director.
“Although we can’t keep pace with losses caused by urban and
suburban sprawl, the Game Commission is working hard to preserve
and improve habitat on its more than 1.4 million acres of State
Game Lands and other public and private lands.

“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. To enable private
landowners to lend a hand to wildlife, we also are offering for
sale a variety of nesting boxes, 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 “General Store” in
drop-down menu bar under the homepage banner, clicking on “Howard
Nursery” and then choosing “Wildlife Homes Order Form.” The
two-page 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,
$20; gray and fox squirrel box, 18x12x12, $30; bluebird, chickadee
or wren box, 11x6x9, $7; northern flicker box, 32x8x12, $25; bat
box, 36x25x10, $95; or winter roosting box (can be used by
chickadees, wrens, nuthatches, titmice, woodpeckers or bluebirds),
30x10x14, $30.

Hardwood Forests – barred owl box, 34x17x18, $50.

Farmlands or Open Lands – barn owl box, 17x36x17, $55.

Wetlands and Associated Uplands – wood duck box, 32x10x17, $30;
or mallard duck box, 24x13x13, $25.

Prices listed do not include shipping/handling costs, which
range from $7 to $18 per unit, or applicable state sales taxes. All
boxes come assembled and with instructions on where and how to
place. The bluebird, chickadee, wren nesting box can be either
fully constructed or provided in an unassembled kit complete with
nails and screws.

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.

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