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GoodPlanet's Tradition Bluebird Nesting Box - now 13% bigger! Traditional Style Bluebird Box - XL
by GoodPlanet™

XL...as in extra large. We've re-engineered our signature bluebird nesting box...now 13% larger than the previous version. Handcrafted from solid 7/8-inch cedar with zinc-coated screw construction for long life. Copper portal guard stops squirrel damage and predator guard protects nestlings from invaders. Our famed "sub-nest dry-floor" protects nests from blowfly larvae. Side panel lifts open for easy clean out and monitoring. Pole, post or flush mount. 13¾" tall x 7¼" wide x 8½" deep. Entrance opening: 1½" diameter. Well ventilated, finely crafted.

Unpainted - Natural Cedar $41.95
Painted - bluebird blue roof (* see below)  $44.95

GoodPlanet's signature Chalet-style bluebird house with custom blue roof GoodPlanet's signature Chalet-style bluebird house - natural cedarChalet Style Bluebird Nest Box by GoodPlanet™ - Solid 7/8-inch cedar & zinc coated screw construction for long life. It's a safe haven for your birds: large overhanging roof on all 4 sides shields the sun and rain, decorative copper portal guard stops squirrel damage, and a thick predator guard protects nestlings from raccoons and other nest invaders. Unique "sub-nest dry-floor" protects nest from blowfly larvae. Side opening panel for easy clean out and monitoring. Pole or post mount.
Natural cedar $43.95
Blue roof *  $48.95
Made in the U.S.A.GoodPlanet's quality bluebird nest boxes are suitable for other cavity-nesting species, too, such as: tufted titmouse, black-capped chickadee, tree swallow, downy woodpecker, white-breasted nuthatch, and others. When calling or faxing your order mention species you wish to attract and we will include information on mounting and placement known to be attractive to that particular species and proper diameter box hole opening.  (* It is said that bluebirds are attracted to the color blue - and we've had great success with the blue paint custom blended for GoodPlanet™.)  


"flatback" style Chalet house by GoodPlanet™Flatback-style Chalet Bird House by GoodPlanet™
A good customer requested that we create a flat-back version of our popular Chalet House shown above. All dimensions and features are the same: large roof overhang on 3 sides with a flat-back to facilitate mounting on a building, fence or post. Steel tan-colored starburst* portal cover by Erva Tool.

   -   Natural cedar roof: $43.95
   -   Bluebird blue painted roof: $48.95  (sold out - allow 5-days)

*Sunburst steel portal cover no longer sold separately - we stashed a limited supply for GoodPlanet birdhouses.

slot-style bluebird houseSparrow Resistant Bluebird Nesting Box from Goodplanet™
Slot entrances are more attractive to bluebirds than to sparrows. Made from solid cedar with a fold-down front panel for easy clean out and observation. Adjustable floor block included (sparrows dislike a shallow nest box). 10" tall x 5¾" deep x 7" wide. 1¼" slot opening. Roof overhangs front of box by 2" to provide shade. Ventilation slots on side panels and floor.  $34.95

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flattop bluebird box available in pine & cedarFlat top bluebird house by Goodplanet™ - available in solid pine (left) or cedar (right). Side clean-out, predator guard block, well ventilated, made with screws, not staples. 13" tall x 5½" wide x 7" deep. Completely assembled. Pine $24.95; cedar  $26.95

[Flat top houses are also available as kits]

See Barb & Dan's customized bird house >

Southern Bird Gardens
Kincaid logo
Elegant Bird Houses and Feeders for Your Gardens

Hand-Crafted Made-in-the-USA Quality
Southern Bird Gardens'  unique Victorian bird feeders and houses are hand crafted in America from the finest of select woods, primed and sealed with four coats of the best outdoor enamel available. Woods chosen for use in each and every one of these top quality bird feeders and bird houses are of the finest moisture resistant varieties including swamp cypress for the main structure, thickly cut ¼ inch cedar shakes overhead surrounded by select mahogany for the luxurious perches.
Strength and Durability
To ensure strength and rust-free durability each bird feeder and bird house is secured with rust-free fasteners throughout. Stainless steel and solid brass fasteners are used extensively in the construction to ensure many years of carefree life. And many units sport copper roof borders attached with decorative solid copper rose-head boat nails; other models feature roofs entirely crafted of solid copper. This level of detail ensures quality and durability for years of maintenance free bird watching. Many people observe Southern Bird Gardens products are "Built Like a Tank!" The solid construction of these units begins with the 1-inch thick shell of Georgia swamp cypress and roof shingles made from 1/4 inch thick western red cedar ensuring for generations outdoor beauty and functionality.
Starlight Lodge

Starlight Lodge: Large birdhouse  
15 inches wide by 28 inches tall Four individual compartments house "colonial nesters" or many other species of birds that prefer to nest inside. Handy brass screws on bottom separate base for annual cleaning, mahogany perches add interesting detail. Base fits 4" x 4" post (not included) for mounting. Southern Bird Gardens item#STLOD. $220.00

Starlight  Bungalow

Starlight Bungalow: Small birdhouse   
Designed for bluebirds but there are many other species that would like to make this house its home: black-capped chickadee, house wren, tree swallow, tufted titmouse, and white-breasted nuthatch to name a few. Birdhouse dimensions: 10 inches wide by 21½ inches tall.  Handy brass screws on bottom separate base for annual cleaning. Base fits 4" x 4" post. Southern Bird Gardens item #STBUN. $138.00

see also Bill Kincaid's Southern Bird Gardens fly-through bird feeders >
for bluebirds - with viewing panel

Birds Choice
Wooden eastern bluebird house with viewing window 9" L x 7¾" W x 14" H, 1½" hole/entry. This birdhouse features a generous roof overhang, ventilation, and drainage holes to keep the nest dry and cool. An inside front wall screen assists the nestlings as they climb to the nest hole when fledging. It has a side-opening door with Plexiglas panel for safe viewing. The Plexi panel is removed by removing the "L" screw for easy cleaning. It is constructed of 7/8" cedar with weather-resistant plated deck screws and has front predator guard. Item #GBLUEBIRD (yes with green roof). Made In USA. $53.95

the Ultimate bluebird house with observation panels

Birds Choice™ - Ultimate Bluebird
The ultimate wooden eastern bluebird house 7" L x 8¾" W x 15" H, 1½" hole/entry. The ultimate bluebird house has two side doors, one engraved with "CLEAN" and one engraved with "VIEW".  Behind the view side is a clear Plexi-panel so the nest will not be disturbed while viewing. It also has a stainless steel screen raised floor to reduce blowfly infestations. Other features include predator guard, copper chew guard and extended roof. Item #BB-ULT. Made in the USA.

Interior view of Birds Choice™ bluebird house,
hinged for observation, blowfly larvae protection screen >

(GoodPlanet's "sub-nest dry-floor" is very similar.)

inside a bluebird house

cedar predator guard - more info on our accessories & hardware pageSee also: meal worms and other food stuffs for bluebirds >
portal covers and predator guards for bird houses >
articles and information about bluebirds and other nesting box topics >


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Portal Covers

save your bird houses!

Made of steel and copper in a variety of sizes - see
our accessories & hardware page for details.

nice shelf? yep, it's really swell.Swell Shelf by Goodplanet™ 
(aka: American Robin Nesting Shelf)
Use as a nesting shelf for American Robins (and other species) or as an occasional feeding platform. Made from solid cedar, rich deep red roof, zinc-coated screws. Wide roof overhang protects shelf: 6¼" deep x 9" wide. Swell shelf stands proudly 10½" tall.  
2 styles: unpainted roof $26.95  red-roof (shown left): $29.95


Robin's Roost

A nice, simple nesting shelf by GoodPlanet. Made of solid cedar 12½" tall x 7" wide x 9¾" deep.  Mounting screws included. $26.95


Large Nesting Shelf by GoodPlanet™
Made from solid cedar to provide your backyard birds some shelter through the harsh winter from the rain and snow. Come spring, shelf nesters, such as, robins and phoebes will welcome a place to build their nest. Front roosting "bar" is 2¼" high creating a small lip (about 1¼"), so if nesting shelf is used as a "feeder" the seeds would not easily fall out.  This nesting shelf provides an inviting habitat for all seasons. Dimensions: 15½" wide x 6¼" deep x 10" tall.   $40.00

Just one in-stock...don't dawdle.


Mighty Fine Wren Nest Box - Heirloom quality.  This is one of those cherished possessions the proud owner will likely include in their will!  Hand-crafted bird house from GoodPlanet™ - so nicely finished you'll be tempted not to put it outdoors!   Large roof/overhang, flat bottom, solid 7/8" cedar, zinc coated screws, side clean out panel with latch. Overall dimensions: 9¼" high x 11" wide x 7-1/8" deep.  Hardwood wren-shaped predator guard with steel portal ring to keep other birds or varmints from enlarging opening.  Available in 2 styles:

-  Woodland green painted roof $39.95 
-  Unpainted style  $35.95  (sold out - please allow 5 to 7 days)

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it's a simple but nicely made, nesting box for wrensGoodPlanet's
Simple Wren Nesting Box
- "for a complex world"!
Made from solid cedar with keenly routed edges, zinc coated screw construction, 1" diameter entry opening, front opening clean out. Same basic design as "Tucker Wren" (right) minus extended round predator guard. Overall dimensions: roof width 6¾" x 7" deep - box 5½" wide x 5½" deep x 8¼" tall. $24.95


see also: Erva's Steel Portal Guards for Wren Boxes »

new from GoodPlanet: the "tucker wren"Tucker Wren - inspired by the unique 1948 Tucker Torpedo. Auto buffs have long admired the tri-headlight design featuring a roving center beam, or "cyclops-eye", that turned in-sync with the front wheels to illuminate the road ahead of the driver around curves.

GoodPlanet's wren house sports a round entrance opening 1-1/8" diameter protected with a steel portal cover. Solid cedar, front opening clean-out, overall dimensions: roof width 6¾" x 7" deep - box 5½" wide x 5½" deep x 8¼" tall. $26.95

WCoveside Window Mount bird houseindow Nest Box
Attach to outside window with suction cups. View birds nesting from within your home. Proper dimensions for most backyard cavity-nesting birds. Fun and educational for children. Made from solid 7/8” pine, four heavy-duty suction cups, for years of enjoyment. $28.95


drawing of wren by Louise
We think the Wren above has just found a neat new home (above) to build a nest.
line drawing of wren by Louise Dawson

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winter roosting boxes - available in 4 distinctive styles...3 sizes...

Winter Roosting Box from GoodPlanetWinter Roosting Box
from GoodPlanet

Featuring GoodPlanet's trademark Woodland Green heat absorbing roof. See description below for more detail.

there's only one GoodPlanet capable of sustaining human life (that we've been able to locate...so far), so how 'bout we take care of it, huh?

GoodPlanet Collector Series
Decorated Winter Roosting Box
same attributes as plain-Jane Winter Roosting box (left) but these boxes are adorned with a decorative hand-painted hardwood pinetree silhouette - handpainted.
Quantities are limited. still only $39.95
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  • well insulated 7/8” solid cedar with hardwood perches (inside) 

  • front panel cleanout with latch

  • 1.5” diameter low entry allows warm air to rise and stay inside box

  • predator guard with steel portal protector, removable hardwood perches.

Provide shelter from harsh winter weather for most common backyard birds including wrens, chickadees, nuthatches, titmice and bluebirds. No ventilation holes like those found in traditional bird houses, which help birds generate warmth. Woodland green heat absorbing roof. 11½" x 7-1/8" x 6¾". Made in the USA.

Chickadee Roosting BoxChickadee Roosting Box
by GoodPlanet™

The smaller cousin to our popular Winter Roosting Box, above. This model is designed especially for Chickadees. Made from 7/8” solid cedar with hardwood perches (inside). All-screw construction, routed edges, and finely crafted. Front panel cleanout with latch. 1-1/8" diameter opening with steel predator guard. Roof has a large overhang and paint dark green to absorb the sun's rays. Overall dimensions: 8¼" tall x 6¾" wide x 7-1/8" deep. $29.95

Chickadee Roosting Box - open
Looker's screech owl nesting boxScreech Owl Nesting Box by Looker -  Solid cedar construction 14" x 15" x 18". Entrance hole approx. 4" diameter, front panel pivots open for easy cleaning. Also ideal for American kestrel, common yellow-shafted flickers, and squirrels! Model #SE519. Made in the USA. $64.95

our roosting box kitNesbitt: a chickadee roosting box kit - Solid cedar parts - pre-cut, routed, sanded, pre-drilled - all ready for assembly. Made in USA. Available as a kit or pre-assembled. $21.95

See our Kids & Kits Page for details and a fun story behind the name.  Link »»

Wood Duck House
Designed to provide the wood duck with the proper nesting cavity. 3" x 4" oval entry hole and side clean-out. "Exit ladder" 6-inch wide hardware cloth strip - screwed to the inside front providing a climbing aid for ducklings. Songbird Essentials model #SESC1036C. Gable roof: 12-1/2" wide x 11-3/4" deep. Over-all box dimensions: height 21-1/2", width 10-5/8", depth 8-1/2". Made in USA. $96.95
Wood Duck House
4" x 3" front entrance hole. Long-lasting Western Red Cedar construction. Side opening for water front or land mounting. Side opens 2 ways for undisturbed viewing of nest, bottom half opens for cleaning. Inside ladder for ducklings' departure. Bedding material included. Songbird Essentials Model #SE589. 24-1/2" tall, 10-1/2" wide, 12" deep. Made in USA. $82.95
hardwood chips & shavingsHardwood Shavings
GoodPlanet's Hardwood Shavings & Chips - great for bird houses and small animal bedding.  99¢ bag (about ½ lb.)

Oak, ash, walnut & species other than cedar. 

Coveside's flicker nest boxCoveside Starling Resistant, Flicker Nest Box 
Flickers love this Flicker House, but unfortunately (because of the opening size) starlings do too. The design exploits the flicker's tree climbing ability. Flickers can approach the entry from below, while the opening is protected from starling access by a Plexiglas shield. The front opens for easy clean-out and it comes with a bag of woodchips. Model #10072, 17" h x 7½" w x 15" d. $68.95
A quick read: BWD's "Guide to Bird Homes"

Quick Link: "Guide to Bird Homes" booklet - see our Books page...

Looking for a fun project?
great kits including bird houses 

Hardware such as the steel portal protector
used on GoodPlanet bird houses above
can be found on our accessories page.

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New birdhouses by Bobbo
All Bobbo birdhouses are "fair-trade" merchandise and handcrafted in weather resistant albizia wood. They have rugged non-toxic finishes, and they are easy to clean out at the end of the season. ALL Bobbo houses have entrance holes 1-1/8" to 1-1/4" in diameter, and sell for just $43.99 each.  Cool, not to mention quirky & creative!

Left: #194, Gray Tabby Cat Birdhouse, 6" x 4¾" x 10¼"

Why albizia trees? Albizias are one of the fastest growing trees, weather resistant, and sustain ably grown for the production of many things, including these birdhouses! Albizia is also lightweight, insect resistant, and it grows in degraded areas with poor-quality soil conditions. Their growth actually enhances and purifies the soil over time, too.


Bobbo Birdhouses (left) #108 - Black and White Jumping Cat Birdhouse, 14" x 12" x 16½".  #123, Orange Tabby Cat Birdhouse, 14" x 12" x 6½".
(Obviously imported - fair-trade goods provide sustainable employment.)


Heartwood™    Architecture for the Birds
Quality derived from functional design, quality material, and experienced craftsmanship. Most Heartwood products are made from naturally rot-resistant cypress right here in the US of A.

See also Heartwood bird feeders on our "feeders page" >


Blues Bird Barn by Heartwood™ 
We adore birds; you adore birds. So maybe it was natural that Heartwood built one of their most adorable houses ever, topped by a bird's eye version of a weather vane. Cypress and cedar construction. Mounting plate included.  Model #243. 6” x 11” x 16”. 1½" diameter entrance.  $89.95


Westminster by Heartwood™ 
Cedar and cypress construction with solid copper verdigris roof. Ancestral elegance, heirloom quality: A royal welcome for your birds. Four chambers.  Fits over a standard 4 x 4 post.  #235B 13” x 13 x 39”, 1-½" entrance holes.  Remove roof for clean-out (4-screws).  $429.95


Cottonwood Chapel by Heartwood™ 
The cypress is reclaimed, and the construction is pure Heartwood - which is to say they've put all their hearts into making this a cherished addition for your home and garden, and especially for your birds. Mounting plate included.  Model #242A has a 1½" diameter entrance. Overall dimensions: 6” x 10” x 20”.  $89.95


Betsy’s Birdhouse by Heartwood™ 
Solid cedar and cypress construction.  In addition to the patriotic theme you'll be proud to know these bird houses were designed & crafted right here in America.  Year in, year out, this lovely home says: "God Bless America, and God Bless Our Birds!"  Hanging hook included. Model #211A, 10”W x 19”H x 7”D, entrance opening: 1-1/8" diameter...ideal for wrens!  $69.95


Imperial Inn by Heartwood™ 
Meticulous attention to every construction detail is what makes it home for the ages. Solid cedar and cypress with copper roof accents. Mounting plate included. Model #246B, 1½" diameter entrance, 14” x 14” x 18”, produced skillfully by American craft-persons.  $179.95

"jacobs ladder" 

Jabob's Ladder by Heartwood™ 
Climbing to the heavens!   Dramatic roof is shingled with nature cypress featuring a copper ridge cap. Mounting hardware included, rear clean-out. Dimensions: 5½"W x 23½"H x 4½"D, 1¼" hole opening.  American made!  $91.95

"Mission melody"Mission Melody by Heartwood™ 

This magnificent bird house is made out of beautiful mahogany with a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired design. Perfectly pitched roof of brown copper patina harmonizes happily with the clean prairie-style lines of the house:  9" x 9" x 20" with 1½" entry hole. Made in USA, model #213.  $188.95 (special order only - allow 2 weeks)

Heartwood: people who genuinely care, making products of genuine value, naturally from our heartlands.



Huck's Hideaway by Heartwood™ 
The adventures of Tom and Huck have charmed generation upon generation; that's what a classic does. And unlike Aunt Polly's fence, the classic slat-front design of Huck's Hideaway weathers wonderfully without any work at all: You and your family can welcome your birds with unparalleled hospitality, as you enjoy carefree ownership thanks to sturdy construction. Overall dimensions: 6" x 9" x 17". Hole: 1½" diameter entrance.  Made in the USA.  $89.95


Summer Home - by Heartwood™

Traditional wren house made from select cypress with shingled roof gives it exceptional style; copper covered cleanout door and metal hanger included. Assorted colors: Redwood (shown), Whitewashed, Celery, Pinion Green (shown), Smoke Grey. Item #087. Dimensions: 6" x 8" x 9", entry hole: 1-1/8" diameter.  $33.95

Heartwood's Prairie Home model #183Prairie Home by Heartwood™ 

8” x 11” x 15”, 1½” hole. Available: yellow/moss earth-tones. Mounting hardware attached to hang from post, fence, or side of building. Cypress construction, shake roof with copper ridge accent. Rear cleanout hatch. Model #183, $109.95

Butterfly  Breeze

Butterfly Breeze by Heartwood™

Features a copper roof and charming butterfly applique` this high-style home is sure to add good looks to any environment!   Solid cypress construction, copper ridge accents cypress shake-style roof.  Available in "apple green" color only.   6" x  7" x 12" mounting stake included, model #198, made in USA.  $59.95

Heartwood's Butterfly Bijou model #156Butterfly Bijou by Heartwood™

6” x 8” x 14”, includes 46” stake. Copper ridge covers cypress shingles. Available in white, as shown #156. $71.95

Meadowbrooke Gourd logo

Meadowbrooke Gourds continue to be produced right here in the  US of A. Yep, on a family farm: 50 rolling acres on Potato Road, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Benjamin Bear and his creative crew harvest several varieties of hard-skin gourds. They let the gourds dry naturally, then scrub 'em up, stain 'em and ship these unique birdhouses straight to J.J. Cardinal's!   Golly, we're lucky.

Meadowbrooke GourdsMeadowbrooke Gourd Bird Houses
Spring colored birdhouses come in two sizes and assorted colors. The shapes will vary and they can be used inside our outside.
Temp. out of stock...all styles.
Waiting on 2017 fall harvest.

Wren House - roughly 6" diameter, 1" opening  $22.95  >

< Bluebird House - roughly 7" diameter, 1½" opening. $28.95

Meadowbrooke Gourds
Nature House model #M12K Purple Martin HouseNature HouseNature House aluminum purple martin house
M12K Purple Martin House (Made In USA) The Pioneering Purple Martin House. Developed over 50 years ago, this house revolutionized martin colonization. Many of these indestructible houses are still in the field after decades of use. This twelve-compartment purple martin house has been updated with modern amenities such as sub floors to prevent nests from getting wet, and with internal compartment plugs which allow for the optional enlargement of nesting cavities. This purple martin house comes in simple-to-assemble kit form. Does not include a pole (see below). $159.99 unassembled. 

This house includes:  guard rails, roof perch, swing-out doors, winter door stops, mounting bracket, dri-nest sub floors, all aluminum construction, guide book, vocalization CD, decoy.
It's made in the USA! Toll Free Parts and Tech Support! 

Purple Martin House Pole
From Erva Tool's Nature House division for model #M12K Martin House (see above). 3-section 14' telescoping pole with "quick lock clamps" allows for speedy height adjustment. For houses that weigh not more than 10 pounds. 79¼" x 3¾".   Pole heavy-duty, 28-pounds, 0.083 wall thickness, includes ground socket. Item #MPQ, $144.99

  telescoping pole for Purple Martin houses
nest materialNesting Material - Collection of sterile materials found to be attractive and safe to nest building birds. (right) starting at $8.95

Nest Material Holder - We recommend using a plastic-coated metal suet cage for safely offering loose nesting materials. starting at $10.95

[see also: steel spring suet holders - great for nesting materials, too]

hummer nest materialHummer HelperNesting Material
Hummingbirds use plant down and spider webs to build their nests; invite hummingbirds to nest in your yard with this nesting material. Goldfinch and Titmouse will also use this material in building nests. Re-useable coated wire cage included.  $11.95    Refills available: $5.95

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see our "nectar page" for more hummingbird feeders and equipment >>

alpaca wool nesting materialAlpaca Wool Nesting Material
Alpaca wool has microscopic air pockets that provides excellent insulation. It is lightweight, yet strong and durable. It also repels water and dries quickly. Attracts chickadees, titmice and other songbirds who use hair to build their nests. BIG 3 ounce ball, and made in the USA.
for nesting materialBirdie Bell
An all-weather holder which should be filled with nesting material. Versatile enough for holding seed bells, chunks of suet and fruit. Steel cage, powder coat finish (dark forest green). 4½ inches in diameter x 6 inches tall. We now stock the bell packed with feathers. $21.95
sparrow trapSparrow Trap
Heavy Gage Galvanized Wire Netting, Fully Assembled, Easy to Set, Provides Years of Service.
Reduce sparrow and starling populations so you can host bluebirds and purple martins! Overall dimensions: 10" x 7" x 18", $64.95.

Includes complete instructions.

booklet: "Enjoying Purple Martins More"see our reference library for more info like
this booklet: "Enjoying Purple
Martins More" by Bird Watcher's Digest >>
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"Batty-shack"Batty Shack from Heartwood
A charming and whimsical creation for your nocturnal neighbors. Strategically placed dividers behind the witty facade provide living quarters for bats. Cypress construction, cedar shingles and copper ridge piece. 38" x 12" x 5".  Made in the USA.
from HeartwoodBat Lodge with Redwood Stain Roof
This two-cavity bat box with its “climb-in” mesh-landing pad allows easy access for bats when entering the box. Inside the mesh provides a nice surface for bats to hang from. This box built to OBC specifications* and it will accommodate up to 40 bats. It is also waterproof and made out of 100% cypress. The attached hanging hook makes it easy for you to mount it to a surface. Dimensions: 12"W x 22"H x 4"D Weight: 5 lbs.  Made in the USA by Heartwood. $72.00

*OBC - Organization for Bat Conservation - https://batconservation.org/


Bats are among the some of the most interesting and important beneficial mammals. Of all mammals, bats make up 25% of the world's population!

Some fascinating bats facts:
Bats are the only mammals capable of actual flight.
· A bat’s wing is much like the human hand: it has four fingers, and a thumb.
· Bats locate food with sound waves.
· Bats are not blind. Most bats live up to 35 years.
· The largest colony of bats, over 20-million, is found in central Texas.
· Most North American bats hibernate in the winter. Bat babies (pups), can weigh up to 25% of the mother’s weight. Ok, Moms, can you imagine giving birth to a baby that size?

Bat House Kit made of solid pineBat House Kit from Coveside Conservation - features a simple, single chamber that holds up to 20 bats. Features an extended landing pad and an interior covered with screening to provide bats with a maximum foothold. Also includes echolocation slot to help the bats locate the cavity. It's a great educational tool for all ages. It comes with easy-to-follow instructions and information about bats, pre-cut solid pine and all the hardware required (nails & mounting hanger). Overall dimensions: 16"h x 8"w x 3¾"d. $28.95

bat house by Backyard Nature Products (Birds Choice)Cedar Bat House by Birds Choice™. Single chamber, but still offers enough room for 75 to 100 bats! Front ventilation and echolocation slot. 3½" deep x 15¼" wide x 29" tall. $79.95

[decorative copper bat on "S" hook not included, see below]

Coveside 21" Bat HouseSunshine's Wide Bat House by Coveside Conservation - featuring dual chambers, 1" eastern white pine offers good insulation, 6" deep x 21" wide x 17" high. Echolocation slots on sides of box help bats to find the nesting cavities. Model #01003 (wide version). $66.95

Psst: Coveside products are made in the USA by American workers...bet they can't say that down at the good old Biggy Box Store!

Coveside's pole or post mounting Bat Tower!Bat Tower by Coveside Conservation - designed to be post or pole mounted. Offers 3 chambers plus an "attic"! Made in USA from 1" thick eastern white pine which offers good insulation and durability. Bat Tower model #01008 measures: 6" deep x 7" wide x 25" high. $68.95
Coveside's bat condoBat Condo by Coveside 19" h x 9½" w x 7½" d -- 1" eastern white pine offers good insulation, accommodates over 50 bats and is ideal for a nursing colony. The vertical house contains 4 chambers and can be easily mounted by a hanger on a building or a tree. Model #01001. $58.95 bat-houses by EvergreenEvergreen bat houses
Solid wood, painted olive green or barn red. 7¾" wide x 13¼" tall. Mounting hardware attached.  $26.95

More fascinating bats facts:

  • An abandoned copper mine in upper Michigan, Millie Hill Mine, is home to over 1-million bats.
  • There are seven species of bats that call Michigan home: big brown, evening, hoary, Indiana, little brown, red, and silver-haired bat.
  • The big brown bat is the most abundant, and the most common bat found in bat houses.
  • Because the bats natural habitat is disappearing so quickly, we suggest placing human-made bat houses. For our efforts, bats rewarded us with their natural bug-zapping ability. Bats eat thousands of insects during nightly feeding. Not only do they eat tons of insects every night, some bats pollinate, and disperse seeds.
  • Bats are nocturnal and do not disturb birds; you may place bat houses near birdfeeders.
  • Bats and birds coexist very well because they forage for food at different times. In Michigan, bats leave bat houses in winter, and migrate, but once a colony is established, bats return (typically in early March) to the same bat house year-after-year.
Bird Watcher's Digest - booklet -Understanding Bats

> Quick Link - see our books page:
"Understanding Bats" booklet - and more reference materials regarding bats.


see also:
Hanging & Mounting Hardware, Poles
...more info.... Accessories & Hardware page
Bird House Kits page ...more info....

so who is this guy, J.J. Cardinal? click here to find out...J.J.'s NestingTips - "Dryer lint is not recommended as nesting material, it holds moisture and may create an unhealthy condition in the nest. If you do wish to collect materials suitable for nesting we recommend: animal and human hair, short lengths (3-inch or less) of string, yarn, dental floss and thread, shredded paper, strips of wood, cotton batting, feathers, and sisal (a wood product). We also recommend you refrain from offering nesting materials in the thin plastic mesh bags often used for packaging some brands and also is found in the produce section at grocery stores. Plastic mesh has been known to entangle birds and other wildlife. Use a wire container designed for nesting material - suet baskets work well, too! 

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Louise's beloved "Noodles" - exploring a new wood duck box


<  archived - silly photo of Louise's beloved cat, Noodles, exploring a wood duck box.

(See our orders page for more information regarding shipping carriers and nominal shipping charges)

how to order... Okay, admittedly we're "low-tech" but what we do - we do well, swift, accurate and honest. Your order should be in transit in less than 24-hours, often same day.

J.J. Cardinal's Wild Bird & Nature Store®
12830 S. Saginaw St., Grand Blanc, MI 48439   810-695-8733
updated 09/26/2017   ©  copyright  J.J. Cardinal's  1992-2017
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