We have made over 30 experimental nest boxes and we also have some gourds. However, due to a high level of interest in this project all the existing boxes and gourds are spoken for. However, you can get a box, or a box kit, at another location and then register to be a part of our program to see if the boxes work here in the Sonoran Desert.
- Click here for nest box monitoring instructions!
- Kestel nest box plan
- Ash-throated Flycatcher nest box plan
- Bluebird nest box plan
- Lucy's Warbler nest box plan (coming soon)
- Read the February 17 nest box email (see below) for more information on obtaining and mounting your own nest box
See other information about how to support urban birds, and urban sustainability, at the Tucson Audubon's Urban Program page.
See Recent Nest Box Program Emails
- #5 May 29, 2014
- #4 March 31, 2014
- #3 February 17, 2014
- #2 January 17, 2014
- #1 December 18, 2013
- Sign up for future nest box emails here
- Sara Pike's video of Ash-throated Flycatchers and nest box
- Carl Boswell's Western Screech-Owlets at 2 weeks old!
- Video INSIDE a box with Western Screech-Owlets less than a week old (thanks Carl Boswell)
- Kendall and Keith talk about nest boxes on AZ Illustrated
- Kestrel nest box video from Audubon TogetherGreen project in New York
Tucson Audubon is preparing a nest box pilot program for spring of 2014. We will test three styles of boxes, one designed for American Kestrels or Western Screech-owls, a second designed for Ash-throated or Brown-crested flycatchers and a third designed for Bewick's Wren or Lucy's Warbler. We willl also test dipper gourds with holes in them, because we have had reports of Lucy's Warblers nesting in these. If successful, these tests will help us design a nest box program to promote to the general public starting in late 2014. We are starting with the design for kestrels and screech-owls.
Conservation * Action * Research
Many Tucsonans will look to the skies this winter searching for American Kestrels and other birds we know and love. What is the future for these local treasures? Learning that the Kestrel population has declined 80% across Arizona over the last 40 years is certainly not encouraging. The good news is that regular citizens like us can act to support Sonoran Desert birds right here in Tucson. Right now.American Kestrels, Ash-throated Flycatchers, Lucy’s Warblers—and many other species—suffer from loss of habitat, especially in Arizona’s expanding urban centers. One conservation action that Tucson Audubon is exploring to offset this loss of habitat is providing nest boxes for cavity-nesting species like these. Look around Tucson and you’ll notice that few boxes are being offered to our birds. Together we can change this—starting in our own yards and neighborhoods. We can make Tucson an even more bird-friendly city.
Volunteer for Nest Box Pilot Program
Other Ways You Can Help
Donations -- You can make a donation to the nest box program by going to our donation page. In the "comments" section write that your donation is for the nest box program.