The North Fork Audubon Society wants YOU to create innovative bird habitats, as part of a new benefit competition underway this month.

North Fork Audubon is inviting local birders,  builders, students,  architects, designers and artists to participate in “Humanity for Habitat,” a juried bird and bat house competition, which will take place on Saurday, Aug. 3.

Nest box for cavity-dwelling bird
Nest box for cavity-dwelling bird

All submissions will be displayed in the gardens and inside the Red House at Inlet Pond County Park in Greenport from Aug. 3 until Sunday, Aug. 18.

The deadline for registration is July 19, and the deadline for delivery of submissions to the Red House is Friday, July 26, at 5:00 p.m. Each submission to the competition should include a sealed envelope containing the designer’s name, address, email, and/or telephone number.

To register, please send a $10 registration fee along with name, address and telephone number to North Fork Audubon Society, P.O. Box 973, Mattituck, New York. 11952.

Nest shelf for birds that live under eves
Nest shelf for birds that live under eaves

Categories for submissions include:
1.  Nest boxes built to specifications for cavity nesting birds (for
eastern bluebirds, tree swallows, house wrens, etc.).
2. Nest shelves for birds that build nests under eaves (for robins, barn swallows, etc.)
3. Bat houses

Entries in the above three categories will be judged on both their suitability for actual breeding birds as well as the quality of their design and craftsmanship from a human perspective.

4. Flights of Fancy: Artistic, creative houses for birds or bats that are
not necessarily functional.

Winning entries will be auctioned on the day of the event. Prizes will be awarded in each category.

For more information call Anne Surchin at 631-765-6364 or

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