by Dottie Head, Director of Membership & Communications
February has arrived and despite the lingering chilly temperatures, many Georgia birds are preparing for spring. Brown-headed Nuthatches are one of Georgia’s early-nesting species, and these small brown birds are already searching for cavities in which to build their nests. Atlanta Audubon is asking metro-Atlanta residents to help create habitat for this iconic southern bird by placing nest boxes in their yards.
In 2015, Atlanta Audubon launched a conservation program to build habitat for these birds, which make their homes in southeastern pine forests. To date, nearly 400 nest boxes have been placed in parks, schools, backyards, and other spaces around metro-Atlanta by Atlanta Audubon Society and by concerned citizens who enjoy seeing these birds in their yards.
Identified as a climate-endangered bird in the 2015 National Audubon Society Climate Report, the Brown-headed Nuthatch is in danger of disappearing from Georgia, one of the few states it calls home.
For the past four years, Atlanta Audubon Society has been working with parks, neighborhoods, and other community groups to place Brown-headed Nuthatch boxes across Atlanta and north Georgia.
“The Brown-headed Nuthatch is an indicator species for the health of southeastern pine woodlands. It is a high-priority species for conservation in the Piedmont,” says Adam Betuel, Atlanta Audubon Society Director of Conservation. “This bird does not migrate, so if its habitat continues to shrink, it will have a tough time adapting. Unlike many songbirds, however, Brown-headed Nuthatches readily build nests, raise young, and roost in human-made nest boxes. This is an excellent opportunity for us to help reverse the downward spiral that we caused for this species over the years.”
There are several ways people can get involved and help save Brown-headed Nuthatches:
Atlanta Audubon Society is committed to building places where birds and people thrive. We create bird-friendly communities through conservation, education, and advocacy.