Woodworking for Wildlife

Download designs and watch videos for creating your own projects for wildlife or for people who enjoy the outdoors.

Leopold bench

Aldo Leopold Bench

Build your own bench from which to enjoy nature, inspired by designs credited to Iowa native and conservation icon, Aldo Leopold.

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Eastern bluebird box

Eastern Bluebird Box

Observe colorful eastern bluebirds and other native cavity nesters like Black-capped Chickadees with this simple box design.

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bat box

Bat Box

Host roosting or maybe even nursing bats during the spring, summer, and fall with this bat roosting box design.

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wood duck box

Wood Duck Box

Raise a family of Iowa's most colorful duck, the wood duck, after building this box and placing it near water.

Learn more and get more ideas from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Nest Watch Program

Learn more about bat houses including alternative designs and placement strategies from Bat Conservation International