madrean archipelago wildlife center nest box COLLECTION

MAWC nest box designs are a good choice for Madrean Sky Island cavity-nesting birds. Cavity nesting birds need tree cavities that have been drilled out by woodpeckers or other animals. When there is a shortage of trees or none at all, providing these homes gives birds a vital life line. The dimensions were custom-built to attract the correct birds to each box. All boxes are designed with a latch that opens the roof for ease of viewing the nestlings. Predator guard on the Song Bird Nest Box entrance hole provides protection from gnawing rodents and hammering birds. The generous roof design provides shade and protection from the summer heat and monsoon storms. We recommend an application of a light colored water based stain or milk paint before mounting.   The pine wood was selected from sustainably harvested forests (SFI, sustainable forest initiative) and assembled with galvanized screws.

Left: Flicker Nest Box; Center: Song Bird Nest Box; Right: Owl Nest Box

Left: Flicker Nest Box; Center: Song Bird Nest Box; Right: Owl Nest Box

$45.00 milk paint $40.00 wood

This box is designed for the Northern Flicker. Dimensions: entrance hole 2 1/2"19 1/4” height from center of entrance hole to floor; 5 3/4”x 7 3/8” - floor interior; 7 1/4” x 10 5/8” - roof

$30.00 milk paint $25.00 wood

This box attracts Azure Bluebirds, Bridled Titmice, Bewick’s Wren, Ash-throated and Dusky-capped Fycatchers and Elf Owls. Dimensions: 6 1/2” - height from center of entrance hole; 5 1/2”x 5 1/2” - floor interior; 5 1/2” x 12” - roof

$55.00 milk paint $50.00 wood

This box is designed for the Western Screech Owl and American Kestrel. Dimensions: entrance hole 3”10 3/4”- height from center of entrance hole to floor; 7 5/8”x 9 1/4”- floor interior; 9 1/4”x 12”- roof

Milk Paint Nest Boxes

Milk Paint Nest Boxes

Before commercially prepared paint was available, paint was made at home from formulas handed down from generation to generation. Milk paint is a powdered, environmentally safe, non toxic, no VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint that will give you a matte, velvet, chalky finish.  We offer our nest boxes in plain (wood) or milk paint. Please contact us for available colors.

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San pedro anthology book

Introduction shown below is by Tony Heath, Editor, Art Director, and Production Volunteer, who provided his considerable talents and time to give birth to this project. 

The San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA), in southeastern Arizona, turned 30 years old on November 17, 2018. The San Pedro is the last free-flowing desert river in Arizona, a critical flyway for neo-tropical birds and a haven for desert wildlife. The anniversary came during a period in which State and Federal agencies were proposing a new management plan that would undermine the original protections entered into law in 1988...The idea was to honor the River through the voices of the people who love the San Pedro River, by asking for submissions of informative essays and creative pieces. Nicole Gillett, Conservation Advocate for the Tucson Audubon Society provided valuable encouragement and funds for the printing production."

Special thanks to Barbara Kingsolver for her support and participation; Saraiya Kanning for her fine illustrations; Bob Luce for his photography and his essay; Michael Gregory for his support and guidance and his poetry; and Tricia Gerrodette for her astute proof reading of the second printing."


Cost of book with shipping and handling is $15.

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Your donation will be used for ongoing educational events, presentations and future editions of the San Pedro Anthology. Thank you for your support to Protect the San Pedro River!