Owl build you a nest box

Event Details

August 19th, 2017, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Howe Bay (Cardigan), PEI
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup

This event is for the birds – literally! If you love our little feathered friends as much as NCC, join us in building nesting boxes! These wooden boxes are perfect for providing homes to cavity-nesting birds like owls and woodpeckers, as well as cavity-nesting mammals like flying squirrels.


Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Howe Bay (Cardigan)

Only 20 km northwest of Cardigan, the Howe Bay properties are a mix of 31 acres (12.5 ha.) of aspen and spruce old growth forests, agricultural fields and wetlands. Aspen trees, which remain standing and go soft when they die, attract woodpeckers to carve into and use as their home, attracting species like northern flying squirrels, black-capped chickadees and red-breasted nuthatches once the woodpeckers leave their tree.

What you will be doing

Volunteers will be given a demonstration on how to build wooden nesting boxes, and then will be set to work! Wood will already be cut to size and volunteers will need to assemble the boxes. Staff will be there to supervise and help as needed. The materials and space is being donated to NCC by Birdmouse, a grassroots company in Cardigan, PEI.

Why you will love it

This is very hands on work. The nesting boxes our volunteers build will be installed throughout NCC's Howe Bay Nature Reserve at a later date. The nesting boxes will provide more habitat for the woodpeckers, owls, flying squirrels, and other cavity nesters who use the Howe Bay area. Volunteers are also encourage to use what they learn at the workshop to build nesting boxes for their own back yards!


Contact Courtney Thompson: courtney.thompson@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

This event will not take place on an NCC property. Directions to the event location will be sent to volunteers before the event. Although this work is not difficult, we advise not to bring children and ask volunteers to be cautious while you work.

People of all fitness levels can participate
Running water and flush toilets
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided

We would like to thank Birdmouse for hosting this event and donating materials needed for the nest boxes.
TD Friends of the Environment

Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Comfortable clothing without long, loose sleeves
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Any necessary medications