Nifty Tree Swallow Boxes


    For the fifth year in a row, clients of Spectrum for Living adult training centers have built some beautiful Tree Swallow nesting boxes for the Meadowlands — ranging from simple wooden nesting boxes with perches to some really creative works of art.
   One box from the Ringwood A.T.C. featured a ladder and a little bird swing (pictured at right IMG_6061 ). In all, the clients built two dozen new boxes, several of which are already providing housing by the Lyndhurst Nature Preserve at DeKorte Park.
   "This has turned into a wonderful annual event," says the NJMC's Gabrielle Bennett-Meany. "All the centers work had to have the most decorated nesting box — some are way too beautiful to put in a marsh."
  Bennett-Meany says that the centers also contribute some basic well-built basic boxes to be put to use at the water’s edge.
   According to Jerry Kearns of the Spectrum for Living, the project serves two great purposes: "Besides helping the birds, our clients just love making these boxes. It builds their confidence and self-esteem."
    The adult training centers are located in Ringwood, Westwood, Teaneck, Norh Haledon and Edison.
    Link to a blog post on this project from last year is here.

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