After volunteering at a Gunpowder Valley Conservancy (GVC) Tree Maintenance event, Reid Austin knew that he wanted to work with the GVC for his Eagle Scout project. Reid, pictured above in his bright yellow GVC volunteer shirt, is a member of Boy Scout Troop 444 in Phoenix, MD.
Over the past year, Reid has built 30 nest boxes and 10 bird platforms to enhance bird habitat within Loch Raven Reservoir. His bird box project was designed to accommodate a variety of native birds, including Eastern Bluebird, Carolina Chickadee, White-Breasted Nuthatch, and Northern Cardinal. He wanted to create bird habitat after learning that birds are crucial to the growth, maintenance, and re-establishment of forest ecosystems.
While Reid is wrapping up the installation phase of his project, he already is thinking about the future! Reid will be working with GVC staff to establish an "Adopt-a-Birdhouse" program to recruit volunteers to help maintain the bird boxes. More details coming this fall!