A huge THANK YOU to everyone who sponsored a birdhouse during CSVW’s 2021 Birdhouse campaign. We hope you will enjoy seeing your feathered friends in the home that you made possible!
This page features photos and available information as it unfolds on CSVW Bird Houses that are known to have birds in residence. If you don’t see your Bird Box pictured here - don't despair! It may be that we have been unable to obtain a photo or that no-birdy was home when we visited the box. Regardless of your sponsored Bird House’s occupancy status - please know that your donation has made a BIG difference for ALL the birds that make CSVW their home and we THANK YOU ALL!
BIRDHOUSE NEWS February 2022
February is here and that means there is lots to do in order to properly prepare all of the CSVW Birdhouses for the coming year…
Locate Birdhouses if any have gone missing during the winter months - it happens!
Determine which Birdhouses need repair or replacement
Empty out old nests from last season
Add fresh, clean nesting material to houses
Prepare Birdhouse Sponsor Tags for our generous 2022 sponsors
The bulk of this prep-work will be handled by the CSVW Caretaker, Paul, and will take place in February and March. Performing these tasks in winter allows us to access the duck boxes on Teacup Lake and Randy’s Pond while the ice is still frozen. It also gives CSVW a head start to get ready for Spring Migrators or any early birds who take advantage of the ideal habitat opportunities at the Sanctuary.
THERE IS STILL TIME TO HELP! If you haven’t had a chance to Sponsor a Birdhouse for 2022, there is still plenty of time to help out. Your donation provides the birdhouses, maintenance, birdseed and nesting material for the birds that make Chapman Sanctuary and Visny Woods their home. Visit the Sponsor a Birdhouse page for more info on how to become a 2022 Birdhouse Sponsor.
Tree Swallows have particularly benefited from the available boxes in the field behind Teacup Lake and they are thriving! There are several nesting pairs that have been busy gathering insects and sitting on nests.
“Although tree swallows are relatively common and widespread, there are signs that their populations are declining and lack of available breeding habitat is likely a contributing factor. Tree swallows require cavity trees within open fields, meadows, beaver swamps or recent clearcuts for nesting. That’s why it is always a pleasure to see an active tree swallow population every spring at Chapman Sanctuary due to their successful nest box program and diligent work by staff members in keeping open habitat within the site.”
~ Christine Costello, Wildlife Biologist
A Black-capped Chickadee chose this neat little home just behind the Chapman House near the sanctuary bird feeders. A worm delivery was in progress in this scene.
An Eastern Blue Bird was spotted on this sponsored box near the tree-line in the CSVW field.
Mystery Nest! This box is full of soft, fluffy material and looks quite cozy! We haven't seen the inhabitant yet so not sure who is living inside - stay tuned!
Please ALWAYS be respectful of the birds and nature. Bring binoculars to view the bird boxes and NEVER disturb a nest! THANK YOU
DON'T BE SHY!
We would love to share your stories and your photos on our website with CSVW Members, bird watchers and nature enthusiasts. Send us an email at email@example.com. In the meantime, please enjoy some of the happy birds in their houses - THANKS TO YOU!
VISIT YOUR SPONSORED BIRD HOUSE AT CSVW
We encourage you to spend a day at CSVW so that you can observe all of the Bird Houses and see your donation in action. Don't forget your binoculars and camera!
Plan your visit to Chapman Sanctuary and Visny Woods with this information and what to bring: