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Nest Box Construction Plans

Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker

Nest Box Plans

Chickadee PVC Nest Tube
Tree Swallow, Eastern Bluebird, Great-crested Flycatcher
Western & Mountain Bluebird
Small Songbirds
Rustic house for Chickadees
American Kestrel, Screech Owl, Saw-whet Owl
Barn Owl Part 1 Plan 2
Barred Owl
Northern Flicker Box
Wood Duck, Hooded & Common Merganser
Entrance Hole Sizes for Songbird Boxes
Entrance Hole Sizes for Duck Boxes

Plans for Nesting Shelves and Platforms

Canada Goose
Mallard Cylinder
Mourning Dove Basket
American Robin, Barn Swallow, and Eastern Phoebe
Osprey

Great Crested Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher

Predator Guard Plans

Conical Predator Guard– A metal collar surrounding the pole underneath the nest box. Prevents climbing predators (raccoons, snakes) from reaching the nest box.
Stovepipe Predator Baffle– The most complex, and perhaps the most effective. Prevents climbing predators (raccoons, snakes) from climbing poles.
Noel Predator Guard– A wire mesh tube attached to the front of the nest box. Prevents raccoons and cats from reaching into nest boxes.


Be sure to read the articles on Features of a Good Nest Box and Tips on Nest Box Placement for more details about providing nest boxes.

Additional plans for nest boxes and nesting structures, predator guards, bird feeders, and photo blinds are available from the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center. All of the plans are PDF files that require Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to download and print them. Adobe Acrobat is free and easy to use.