West Long Branch: What could be more fun for a retired school teacher than to teach kids, especially when he is teaching them a hobby that helps nature, helps birds in particular? The answer: teaching five happy teams of youngsters how to build birdhouses for their very own back yards.
The Bird House Engineer and Teacher is Ted Krulikowski who finds great enjoyment helping others. He sometimes helps seniors master the skills of using computers, and his birdhouse class at the library on Saturday was one of many he has held over the years.
“The birdhouses we build today will have the roof painted only. That way you can take them with you and mount them at your home right away. The birds are looking for homes for their bird families and the time of the year is just right,” he said.
He gave other ideas to the attentive children.
“After the house is placed you may see them making their nests. Sometimes the birds will come back next year, the ones who were hatched this year. They may use the same house for the next year’s eggs to be hatched.” He said the old nests may still be inside for the returning birds to use again.
“And don’t be afraid of getting close to watch them. They will be too busy to notice you and you can get a good look at how they live. Not too close, though.”
On Saturday five bird houses were constructed, and the children will soon have five bird families to enjoy watching.