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Building Nest Structures, Feeders, and Photo Blinds
for North Dakota Wildlife

Introduction


Providing nesting areas, feeding, and watching wildlife are becoming increasingly popular sports in North Dakota. These activities generate about 18 million dollars annually to our state. More importantly, these pastimes provide hours of relaxation, entertainment, and enjoyment for both young and old alike.

This publication introduces some types of nest structures, feeders, and photo blinds which can be constructed in your home at a minimal expense.

There are four sections to this publication. The first covers nest boxes and platforms. These structures are meant to enhance existing habitat or provide a nest structure where none presently exists. This does not mean that natural habitat is not important. Dead and dying trees which provide nesting cavities are still the best type of habitat available.

The second section describes wildlife feeders. Feeding birds and mammals in the winter can be good for both you and wildlife. First, it provides you a pastime and viewing opportunity during the cold winter months. Secondly, wildlife may have difficulty finding adequate food and this additional source can help them survive the winter. Remember, planting a crop for feed is just as good, or better, than grain in a feeder.

Section three is a short description of predator guards which are very important additions to any wooden support post.

The final section describes two types of homemade photo blinds which can be made with minimal effort or dollars spent. If you've never tried a photo blind, you may be surprised at the results.


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