KS_birdboxesKeystone Job Corps Center Carpentry students assisted Securing a Green Environment (SAGE) and Rails to Trails in providing houses for the indigenous birds.

SAGE reached out to the Center when SAGE’s junior class of seventh and eighth grade students mentioned an interest in helping out the local wildlife. So the Carpentry students stepped up to help create 25 bird houses that will be placed on the Greater Hazleton Rail to Trails.

The school students researched the bird house designs and provided the details to the Keystone students. They wanted to design a specific home for each variety of bird in the area, with some houses built to mount on trees and others intended to be set on poles.

In addition to being bird saviors, the Keystone students will soon work on houses for the endangered flying squirrels of the area. This design also comes from the school students.

Keystone student James Persing said he always enjoyed the woods of central Pennsylvania and respects the wildlife. “The building of these houses provided me the chance to give back to something I truly enjoy – the outdoors. I am also happy that maybe it will teach these young students how important wildlife is and how we have to care for it.”  He said it was challenging to make sure they had the right design for each bird, but the students’ Job Corps training came through.