The pressure of modern agricultural practices in rice and tree crop production in Butte County coupled with urban encroachment in rural areas have resulted in decreased wildlife habitat causing significant declines of individual bird species. The Director of the Butte County Resource Conservation District approached the Butte County 4-H Youth Development Program seeking a partnership with the Palermo 4-H Club’s wood-working project to build wildlife nesting boxes for the general public and landowners participating in the USDA National Resource Conservation Service cost-share conservation programs. This project serves to increase wildlife nesting habitat for wood ducks, bats, barn owls, and tree swallow/blue birds.
How will 4-H Help?
The Palermo 4-H Club formed a partnership to build wildlife nesting boxes for the Butte County Resource Conservation District. The main goal of this partnership is to provide nesting boxes to landowners participating in the USDA National Resource Conservation Service’s cost-share conservation programs. The Palermo 4-H Club will build four types of wildlife nesting boxes: 1) wood duck; 2) barn owl; 3) bat; and 4) tree swallow/blue bird. The nesting boxes will be fully assembled, painted and stenciled with Butte County 4-H and Butte County RCD organization names and contact information on each box. Project youth will create a video and photo documentation showing the partnership between 4-H, RCD, landowners and local agriculture producers.