The dos and don’ts of making bird houses will the topic of the January Friends of the Black River meeting.
The meeting will be held Wednesday, Jan. 9, in the Jackson County Bank’s community room beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Retired naturalist Curt Kittleson will present a program about building bird houses for cavity nesting birds. Kittleson worked at a school camp in Manitowak teaching campers about nature, and he and his wife were the county coordinators for the Bluebird Restoration Association in that county.
Cavity nesters such as bluebirds, wrens and juncos build nests in the holes of tree trunks. In too many cases, however, trees that would make good nesting sites are removed.
Along with information about building bird houses, Kittleson will talk about preventive measures regarding predators and nest robbers as well as other ways to assist birds survive and thrive.
The presentation will run about a half hour followed by a question-and-answer segment. He will also give door prizes of four bird houses and three suet cakes.
The program is free and the public is encouraged to attend. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.