Upland Bird Habitat Support: McKeon Environmental Reserve

On a cool April-2018 day, Sanford Alternative High School students completed their science project. Each student identified a bird species about which they would study. Habitat, behavior, and nesting requirements were some areas of study. Nesting boxes were then designed, built and brought to the Trust’s McKeon Reserve in Springvale. Proper placement considerations included height, sunlight orientation, habitat type, and vegetative cover; these requirements were all implemented in an effort to ensure bird occupancy. Species chosen by the students included Kestrel, Screech Owl, Chickadee,  Bluebird, Downy Woodpecker, and Flycatcher. While listening to the hammering of woodpeckers in the distance, the students hung their boxes in place.



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