Feathered Friends Condo

Dec 29, 2008 at 8:53 am

Waking up to the sounds of birds singing is one sign spring has arrived. A birdhouse all but guarantees a songstress in residence but few people have the skills or a grandfather willing to build the requisite abode. But the positive impact of birdhouses can be significant, according to Greenbird LLC. —-

“Things are changing for all creatures on our planet,” says their web site. “The effects of global warming and misuse of our natural resources are becoming more apparent. Our birds have experienced the loss of natural habitat due to urban sprawl and intense farming practices.

“Our wild bird friends naturally control insect pests in our farmland, gardens and yards. Certain birds also aid in the pollenization of plants which may become ever more critical with the country’s loss of honeybees.”

The company’s mission is “dedicated to helping nature fight back.”

“Birds have always been natural indicators in the health of local ecosystems,” the company says. “Many bird species are currently diminishing. Let’s help them fight back. GreenBird provides a way for all of us to participate in the stewardship of our earth.”

The non-profit agency has a fun way to learn about and support our air-born neighbors – a biodegradable birdhouse.

Promoted by the Millcreek Restoration Project in its December newsletter, the GreeBird House is as much a learning opportunity as it is a way to increase the musical quality of your yard.

“The fabulous biodegradable GreenBird House (is) made by the ingenious GreenBird LLC in Cincinnati from 100 percent recycled paper products laminated into one strong weather-proof board,” explains the newsletter. “The bird houses are easy to assemble and designed to last for one nesting season – then you add them to your compost bin!

“The Green Bird paper houses are most suited to the habitat needs of four species of birds: the House Wren, Bewick's Wren, Tufted Titmouse and White-breasted Nuthatch. The houses come in an attractive envelope with information on these birds and their habitat needs. Brilliant!”