Build your own owl nest box!

A specially designed birdhouse is the best way to attract owls that nest in tree cavities to your backyard. Screech-Owls and Northern Saw-whet Owls are both cavity-nesting species and are known to use birdhouses.

Illustration adapted from The Backyard Birdhouse Book © 1998 by René and Christyna Laubac

Download and print these instructions for building a nesting box that suits these smaller owls. Make sure you have an adult to help you with sharp tools. Then hang your box according to the instructions and keep your eyes and ears open for signs that owls have moved in!