When it comes to building a bird house, most people would not consider this skill a survival skill. However, once you are done building a bird house, you will find there are more birds and of a great variety (if you build a variety of birdhouses) nearby. Should a natural catastrophe or man-made disaster arise, having a plentiful supply of nearby birds to capture will be a big help in the long run. If is also a great idea to build a bird house or two in your yard so that you and your family can enjoy and learn from watching the birds as they build their nests and raise their young.
This simple design will serve all bird-box-nesting species. It is the size of the house and its dimensions that influence which birds you will attract. By making the roof or a side detachable, it will be easy to clean.
This is a simple two page set of instructions for building a bird house from a basic design. It then gives you information on how to build variations on the basic bird house plan to accommodate different species of birds.