Built Shelters


In the following pages you will find instruction sheets, directions and plans for building or creating shelters for a variety of wildlife species including birds, bats, insects, reptiles and amphibians and mammals. The resources are categorized by species type. Also look at the Habitat Elements page for more information that relates to wildlife shelters including dead wood and rock walls.

If you have a resource not listed, please send it to me by using the contact form (also found in the pages drop down menu) and I’ll be happy to add it.

The Bat House Builder’s Handbook, Completely Revised and Updated (Book)

Criteria for Successful Bat Houses (PDF):: Bat Conservation International

Single-chamber Bat House Plan (PDF):: Bat Conservation International

Build a Bat House:: National Wildlife Federation

Beneficial Bats (PDF):: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Creating Roosts for Bats in Your Yard (PDF):: Oregon State University Extension Service

Bat House Plan Modifications for the Pacific Northwest (PDF):: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Economy Bat Houses:: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Post Bat Houses:: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Rocket-Box Bat House (PDF):: Bats Northwest

Bat Condo Directions (PDF):: Pennsylvania Game Commission

Holloway Wood Duck/Bat House Condo:: Bats Northwest

Bat House Construction and Installation (PDF):: University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension

Effective Bat Houses for Florida (PDF):: University of Florida IFAS Extension

Nests for Native Bees (PDF):: Xerces Society

Tunnel Nests for Native Bees (PDF):: Xerces Society

Information Sheet: Bee Hotels (PDF):: Hymettus Ltd, The Bees Wasps & Ants Recording Society

Nesting Block Preparation:: United States Department of Agriculture

Create a Bee Hotel (PDF):: Buglife

Make a House for Solitary Bees:: Gardens for Wildlife

Home Made Mason Bee Paper Liners That Work (PDF):: Washington State University Extension

Man Made Bee Nests (PDF):: Penn State Cooperative Extension

The Bug Hotel

How to make a habitat wall (PDF:: Sussex Wildlife Trust

Building an Invertebrate Habitat (PDF):: The Wildlife Trusts Cheshire

Mini-beast mansion (PDF):: Wild About Your Garden

Wildlife Stacks (PDF):: RSPB

Building Insect Homes:: RSPB

How to make a mini wildlife stack:: The Guardian

Tree Squirrel Nesting Boxes:: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Douglas Squirrel and Flying Squirrel Nest Box:: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Shelves, Houses and Feeders for Birds and Mammals (PDF):: North Central Regional Extension

ROOSTS

Roost Box for Songbirds:: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

 

GENERAL

Artificial Nesting Structures (PDF):: Wildlife Habitat Council

Features of a good birdhouse (PDF):: Nestwatch, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Build Nest Boxes for Wild Birds (PDF):: Oregon State Extension Service

Song Bird Nest Box (PDF):: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Building Songbird Nests (PDF):: Stewardship Forest

Birdhouses:: Mass Audubon

Nest Structures for Wildlife (PDF):: Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection

Building and Locating Backyard Birdhouses (PDF):: Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service

A Guide to Building and Placing Birdhouses for Alaska:: Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Nest Boxes for Cavity-Nesting Birds in Oklahoma (PDF):: Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service

Backyard Wildlife Birdhouses and Shelves (PDF):: University of Nebraska Lincoln

Shelves, Houses and Feeders for Birds and Mammals (PDF):: North Central Regional Extension

Help Cavity-nesters in Florida (PDF):: University of Florida IFAS Extension

 

SPECIES SPECIFIC

Nest Boxes for Wood Ducks (PDF):: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Robin, Barn Swallow and Phoebe Nest Platform:: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Barn Owl Nest Box:: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Flicker Nest Box:: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Downy and Hairy Woodpecker Next Box:: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Kestrel, Saw-whet Owl and Screech-Owl Nest Box:: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

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