A few months ago we were contacted by an amazing young man with a well-developed plan for an Eagle Scout Project. We were delighted by the opportunity to participate in his project, and we hope you’ll enjoy this account from our special guest blogger:
My name is Scott Nowaskey and I am a Life Scout in Boy Scout Troop 801 in Fallston, Maryland. In the spring of last year I began to think about what I would like to do for my Eagle Scout Project. A local topiary garden contacted my Scout Leader inquiring if a scout would be interested in a bluebird house project. Because of my interest in wildlife and birds, this project really interested me. I began to research bluebird houses, and I decided on the plan I would use for the houses. I learned that I would need to include a baffle to protect the birds from predators.
Further research led me to the Duncraft Wild Bird website, and I contacted them to see if they would be able to assist me with the baffles for my project. The Customer Service Manager was very helpful in providing me with additional resources to help me with my research on building and placement of the birdhouses, and made a recommendation for baffles that she felt would work best. Duncraft was also able to provide a discount on the 15 baffles I would need, which really helped decrease the overall expense of my project.
My project took many hours of planning, and three days to execute with the help of my Boy Scout Troop. The first day a few of us cut and organized materials and developed the plan for the building day. On the building day of my project, 11 scouts assembled 20 Eastern Bluebird houses and prepared them for installation with my direction and the supervision of our leaders. On the installation day, 18 scouts and leaders installed 12 of the houses on the grounds of Ladew Topiary Gardens, in Monkton, Maryland.
The additional houses were donated to Ladew Gardens, three to be used as replacements and five to be sold in their gift shop. I really appreciate the help I received from Duncraft Wild Bird Superstore. I was very happy with the way my project turned out and hope it will help to repopulate Eastern Bluebirds at Ladew Topiary Gardens.