Mariton: House Cleaning
by Tim Burris, Preserve Manager
It is time to clean out your nest boxes. A year ago, I wore snowshoes for my first check of the season. The weather this year is very different, but there were still a lot of mouse nests that needed to be removed. As I check boxes, I make notes of what needs repairing and replacement. I prop the door of the box open with a stick to air out, and discourage mice from returning. Next week when I make repairs, the sticks will be removed.
Don’t procrastinate on your nest box maintenance. I think Bluebirds will be nesting early this year. They will definitely be house shopping in the next few weeks, so it is important that you get things ready now.