The nest box designs in this new revision of Woodworking for Wildlife have been provided by wildlife biologists who are recognized as experts for each species. These designs have also been simplified by woodworkers so they are easy to build. Many nest boxes can be made from a single board and can be constructed within one hour. This book contains extensive natural history information, photos, invaluable information on where and how to place nest boxes, and new information on keeping nests safe from raccoons and other next predators. Also included are wildlife web sites and sources of supplemental information.
Left: The 164-page book has a binding specially designed to allow it to lie flat for easy reading. The two pages shown are dedicated to the eastern bluebird, one of North America's most popular native songbirds. Right: Plans are provided for nest boxes for each species. Detailed drawings and step-by-step instructions help you build a Peterson eastern bluebird house.
The species covered in Woodworking for Wildlife aren't limited to birds. For example, you can learn how to attract squirrels and the common and valuable American toad. The American toad eats a wide range of insects and their extended trilling is a sound traditionally associated with summer evenings. A few minutes work will result in a "toad cottage" that will shelter the toad and provide them with a supply of flies, their favorite food.
About The Author
Carroll Henderson has been supervisor of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Nongame Wildlife Program since 1977. He has a B.S. in zoology from Iowa State University and a Masters of Forest Resources degree in ecology from the University of Georgia.
During his tenure at the DNR, Henderson has developed a statewide program for conserving nongame wildlife that has received national and international recognition. He has helped plan and carry out restoration of peregrine falcon, bald eagle, eastern bluebird, river otter and trumpeter swan populations in Minnesota. He is involved with promoting nature tourism projects in Minnesota, Manitoba, Costa Rica and the Amur region of eastern Russia. He has led 47 birding trips in Latin America, New Zealand, Kenya and Tanzania.
Henderson is the author of eight books, including Woodworking for Wildlife, Landscaping for Wildlife, Wild About Birds: the DNR Feeding Guide, Field Guide to the Wildlife of Costa Rica, Birds in Flight: The Art and Science of How Birds Fly and Oology and Ralph's Talking Eggs. He coauthored The Traveler's Guide of Wildlife in Minnesota and Lakescaping for Wildlife and Water Quality.