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    Students design sustainable birdhouses...

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    Do the birds like them? That's the prime question.

    Some looked very bird friendly, but the one with a little chair outside the portal looked like it would make it more difficult to land without hitting a wing. I'd love to see these all outside and see which ones the birds chose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    Do the birds like them? That's the prime question.

    Some looked very bird friendly,
    ...in a design exercise like this, you get varying levels of sophistication in the response,
    and I did not see the original assignment. Based on my own experiences out there, it's
    very possible that the emphasis was more on materials, recycling, and "green" housing
    for human peoples models than upon doing research on what a bird actually looks for
    in a seasonal housing rental......so from the student and instructor standpoint, the birds
    may very well not have been uppermost priority.

    The plant integration ones look kind of interesting.


    I've done some birdhousing up in the foothills here, and it is very species specific in needs.
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    Is there such a thing as an "unsustainable" bird house?

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    As Artkansas mentioned, are they useful?, or is this more an exercise in 'form before function'. Are they LEEDS certified? (heck if its supposed to be sustainable, and these are design students, they should be incorporating LEEDS requirements.
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    In rereading the article, it does look like the houses will be put on display outside where birds have access to them. It will be interesting to see which ones attract birds and which do not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbbean View Post
    Is there such a thing as an "unsustainable" bird house?

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    .............huge bird subdivisions that require long commutes to work are a real problem here in California.
    They seem to spring up overnight because of a combination of poor regional planning/zoning and greedy developers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skidder View Post
    As Artkansas mentioned, are they useful?, or is this more an exercise in 'form before function'. Are they LEEDS certified? (heck if its supposed to be sustainable, and these are design students, they should be incorporating LEEDS requirements.
    ...I saw at least one that looked like it used solar heating. Could be problematic in a Central Valley summer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    In rereading the article, it does look like the houses will be put on display outside
    where birds have access to them. It will be interesting to see which ones attract birds and which do not.
    I've spent some time in the arboretum when I attended the school.

    I can't ever recall seeing nesting bird species, but certainly there must be some.

    In my experience, a birdhouse at a level where people can wander around and look at it
    is generally not gonna be all that attractive to the bird peciess with which I'm familiar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
    I've spent some time in the arboretum when I attended the school.

    I can't ever recall seeing nesting bird species, but certainly there must be some.

    In my experience, a birdhouse at a level where people can wander around and look at it
    is generally not gonna be all that attractive to the bird species with which I'm familiar.
    Good point. Purple Martins may be the poster birds for living in bird houses. In some areas nearly 100% of Purple Martins live in birdhouses, but even they have very specific tastes in what constitutes a good home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
    .............huge bird subdivisions that require long commutes to work are a real problem here in California.
    They seem to spring up overnight because of a combination of poor regional planning/zoning and greedy developers.
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