Kids build birdhouses in community education class
There will be quite a few happy backyard birds thanks to youth who built birdhouses as part of a summer enrichment class, Aug. 5 and 6. “Building Birdhouses for Backyard Birds” is sponsored by Wadena-Deer Creek-Bluffton Community Education.
This is retired WDC education assistant Mike Holzer’s second summer teaching this hands-on class that’s open to a limited number of fifth- through eighth-grade students. During the class, students follow a plan for a bluebird house and a wren house. They measure the pine boards, then saw and assemble the birdhouses with wood screws. The two 2-hour class sessions are held in the Industrial Arts classroom at WDC Middle/High School.
Mike Holzer’s wife, Sue, stopped by the class with her laptop to explain to students the variety of birds that may nest in their birdhouses, such as bluebirds, wrens, chickadees and tree swallows.
Sixth-grader Kayden Stinar said he liked measuring and sawing the pine boards the best and is excited to see what kinds of birds make a home in his houses. Other participants included: Alyssa Heltemes, Ron Bernu and Kaylin Lupkes.