Brown-headed Nuthatches Need a Good Home
The Brown-headed Nuthatch is a tiny songbird found in the Southeastern United States. This bird is in decline due to loss of habitat from deforestation and urbanization. The nest boxes needed for their homes are just like the nest boxes for other songbirds, but they require a smaller entry hole size, of only 1 inch. Brown-headed nuthatches otherwise can be evicted by other birds.
For the initial demonstration project, Members of Troop 91 attended a workshop to build 22 nest boxes for nuthatches in Western North Carolina. The boxes were given to teachers at area schools to use in their school science curriculum and to monitor the boxes for the NestWatch Citizen Science program.
For the initial project, over 370 hours were spent on building the boxes, public education and helping other troops build boxes.
This project served as a demonstration project for Boy and Girl Scouts and other youth. It is part of a larger effort, to raise awareness and enlist the help of the public about the declining population of Brown-headed Nuthatches. Scouts make a significant contribution to helping the NC Audubon Society reach their goal of 10,000 new nest boxes in North Carolina. Work is ongoing in all the habitat states. There are other efforts for scouts to participate with the Audubon Society including building Chimney Swift Towers.