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Bluebird Houses: Six Things To Consider Before Making Your Purchase
By David Faulkner
Environmental awareness has been growing continuously over the years, not only in our country but all over the world. It is partly because of this awareness that more and more people are now getting interested in natural activities such as bird-watching.

While venturing out to forests or hills to bird-watch is certainly a great experience, not many of us have the luxury of time to do this. But if you have your own backyard, you can sometimes watch birds perching on your tree branches. You can further enhance your bird-watching experience in your backyard by putting up structures to attract them, such as bluebird houses.

Bluebirds were once very common but with the increase of pollution and the decrease of trees, especially in the cities, bluebirds have become a rarity. There are not too many safe places for them to nest, but you can help provide refuge for these birds right in your garden by putting up bluebird houses. Many bluebird houses are available on the market, but before you go ahead and buy one, here are a few things to learn about the small birds:

1. Bluebirds are quite tiny

creatures, so bluebird houses are also small. In order to be more attractive, it help if you will place a series of bluebird houses side by side, perhaps along a branch of a tree.

2. Bluebirds are not that selective about where they live, but bluebird houses do provide the best protection for them than other kinds of shelter.

3. There are certain bluebird houses that are more conducive for bird-watching, and these are approved by the North American Bluebird Society. If you intend to spend a lot of time bird-watching, look for this seal of approval.

4. There are also manufacturers of bluebird houses that donate a percentage of their proceeds to bluebird societies, and these funds will be helpful in spreading awareness about the creatures.

5. When buying bluebird houses, consider the size of the area where you want to install them. You do not want to get carried away and end up with a backyard overcrowded with birdhouses.

6. There are bluebird houses that are ready to use, and there are those that require some assembly. You can choose either kind, depending on your building skills.

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