Monday October 29, 2001
In the evening the groups made mouse houses.
The purpose of making mouse houses is to encourage mice and other small
animals to move back into an area that they are no longer present in, or to
increase the populations where shelter is lacking. Of course, they also
need cover, water, and food. But here we are only dealing with shelter.
You may be asking, "Why on Earth would someone want to encourage mice to
inhabit an area?". The answer is simple. Mice are near the bottom of the
food chain. By encouraging mice, you indirectly encourage the predators of mice,
such as foxes, coyotes, owls, raptors, etc. to also inhabit the area.
The construction of mouse houses is illustrated here and is quite simple. The
same principles can be applied to building shelters for larger animals.