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Cal Holland is a local Wisconsinite, a talented woodworker, and, to his credit, he is also a dedicated craniac. What more could we ask for?

Cal built six birdhouses that could be used as blank canvases for some of the lesser-known artists on our team. His beautifully crafted birdhouses were assigned to a few team members to modify as they saw fit, with no rules or limitations. What they did provides a little insight into their personalities - Interesting!

We wanted to offer these to you in the form of a raffle. Select the Avian Abode you would like and purchase the quantity of raffle tickets you want. Each $5 set gives you 5 chances of your name being drawn for a specific Avian Abode.

More tickets increase the chances of your name being drawn.

These will also be on display at the Whooping Crane Festival during the weekend of September 8 - 10 where visitors can purchase tickets as well. The in-person tickets will be combined with those sold online and a winning name will be selected for each of the SIX Avian Abode's on October 31st.

The winning names will be published on our In The Field blog and you will be notified by telephone. 

Your Avian Abode will be shipped directly to you via USPS at the conclusion of the raffle. 

Tickets: One set of 5 for $5   (Quantity shown as 1 is actually 1 set of 5 tickets)

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The Odd Couple: Brooke Pennypacker and Bev Paulan

Creating a novel birdhouse was a task assigned to Brooke but we all know where the talent lies in that couple. The creative use of wine corks provides a beautiful and practical exterior to their birdhouse and maybe a little insight to one of their other favorite hobbies.

The Vagabond: Jo-Anne Bellemer

It seems that three months on the road was not enough to dampen Jo-Anne’s wanderlust. An aspiring RV owner, Jo-Anne’s birdhouse looks like a mini Winnebago for our feathered friends. Let’s hope they don’t get too attached. We might see them heading to Florida on foot with their mobile home in tow.

Greek Weddings and Colleen Chase

We are not sure if Colleen has any Greek ancestry but her birdhouse resulted from (un)-ceremoniously breaking a lot of plates. She scoured antique stores for old dinnerware and used the smashed pieces to create a mosaic birdhouse. What better way to provide shelter to pairs of expectant parents. OPA!

The Birdwatcher: Heather Ray

Heather’s birdhouse design incorporates her stained glass hobby into her other favorite pastime of birdwatching. She has provided our feathered friends with a nest opportunity that is safe from the elements, while still allowing you to peek in discretely. She is also teaching the birds a life-lesson about not throwing stones.

The Backyard Enthusiast: Chris Danilko

Chris’ inspiration for her birdhouse design came from her three grandchildren: Abby 7, Mikayla 5 and Thomas 4. Chris spends weekends with the trio and is continuously coming up with ideas for all to participate in and to inspire them to appreciate nature and birds. The finished product is completely edible and can be consumed by the occupants - providing you are a bird.

The Intemperate: Joe Duff

The birdhouses created by the OM team likely reflect their personalities more than they care to admit. Joe started with a simple bird shelter and kept piling complications on top. Joe never learned the lesson most important to an artist and that is knowing when to stop.


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