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The crisis for cavity-nesting birds

Making It Grow Radio Minute
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Making It Grow, with host Amanda McNulty

Hello, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. We know about the crisis of people without homes but there is also a crisis for cavity-nesting birds. Lots of people put up and maintain bluebird nesting boxes – but there’re a total of fifty-five North American birds who must have those spaces to raise their young, including the kestrels I admire on my commute. The Columbia Audubon Society is installing boxes for kestrels in several Calhoun County sites hoping to discover if these migratory birds may stay in our state to nest. They do overwinter at Fort Jackson but that’s a massive area and whether or not they’ll use smaller sites isn’t known. At my birding friends Ann Nolte and Hank Stallworth’s land-trust-protected property, this group has put up boxes and checks to see what’s using them.

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Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.