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BestNest.com Newsletter
February 2001, Issue A

The BestNest.com Newsletter offers fascinating content on backyard birding and wildlife conservation as well as information about upcoming specials, additional online content, and new product offerings.

We have many product on sale right now, the products below are just a few!

Natureline 16 Gourd Rack System w/ Pole
Usually Ships in 48 hrs
Heartwood Salty Bird Box - Redwood
Usually Ships in 48 hrs
Heartwood Large Butterfly House (White)
Usually Ships in 48 hrs
Songview In-House Window Feeder
Usually Ships in 24 hrs

We have expanded our product line this month to include many decorative, yet functional bird and wildlife houses by Heartwood. All of these items are handmade down in Mississippi. Heartwood is a family business, and they really put their hearts into their work. We're very happy to be able to offer you their products.

If you go to BestNest.com's main page at http://www.bestnest.com, you may find their items in many of our departments.

Many different types of purple martin housing are available - wooden houses, more conventional aluminum martin houses, gourd housing, etc. Although gourd housing is not the most popular purple martin housing, many believe that gourds provide the very best housing for martin colonies.

One reason many prefer gourd housing is because gourd systems often achieve higher occupancy than wooden or aluminum martin houses. This is mostly due to nest domination by possessive male martins. With gourd housing, nest domination problems are nearly non-existent. Gourds also tend to be less vulnerable to winged predators such as hawks and crows.

When selecting gourd housing, it is best to use gourds that are at least 8" in diameter and are painted white. As with martin houses, larger nest cavities help to minimize the risk of predation. Entrance hole shapes are controversial among experts. Some believe that round holes (2" - 2 1/8" dia) are best while others prefer oblong holes. Both are suitable and are proven. There are many different options for hanging gourds, but gourd systems that allow the gourds to be easily fastened and raised and lowered are most suitable.

In summary, purple martin landlords have a variety of martin housing options. Whether selecting a conventional wooden or aluminum house or gourd housing, a martin landlord can successfully attract and maintain martin colonies - a very rewarding experience.

CONGRATULATIONS to Louis C. White! You are the winner in our January 2000 monthly drawing and won a new Classic Hanging Feeder! To claim your prize, please send an email to customerservice@bestnest.com and include your address information and telephone number. We will follow-up with a phone call to verify your address information and identity. Congratulations!

Next month, our winner will receive a new:
Droll Yankees Thistle Feeder - 23", 8 ports

As a subscriber to the BestNest.com Newsletter, you will be automatically entered into our drawing for free BestNest.com merchandise. Every month, we will announce a new monthly winner in our newsletter. The winner will be announced by First and Last name and must claim the prize within 30 days of notification. For more information about our giveaway, please visit http://www.bestnest.com/bestnest/bnmail.asp.

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