Coveside Conservation Products represent over 30 years of evolution and refinement, as well as the insights and experience of a wide range of wildlife experts.
Though Coveside Conservation Products was founded in 1991, our story begins as far back as the 1880s when a two-story home was built by Albion P. and Hannah Gamage at Christmas Cove in Maine. The home would be expanded by the Gamages in 1900 and renamed “The Russell House.”
This home would be sold and transformed in 1940 into “Coveside Inn,” which would eventually become owned by Thomas F. Ewing, founder of Coveside Conservation Products.
In 1991, however, Tom found himself with another endeavor. Guests were complaining of being plagued by mosquitoes while spending their summer evenings on the porch. Knowing that bats each consume between 600 and 800 mosquitoes a night, the industrious innkeeper took it upon himself to construct and mount bat houses across the Inn's property.
Tom's guests were no longer bothered by mosquitoes and rather enjoyed watching the bats in the evenings. His guests began requesting he build bat houses for their own homes. After consultations with bat experts such as Amanda Lollar, author of The Bat in my Pocket, Coveside Conservation Products was born.
Shortly after, birdhouses were being requested of Tom, followed by proper habitats for bees, butterflies, and squirrels, as well as numerous wildlife feeders. Habitats by Coveside Conservation Products now represent over 30 years of evolution and refinement, as well as the insights and experience of a wide range of wildlife experts.
The design and dimensions of all of our habitats are correct in every respect for each individual species, as well as are easy to clean, easy to mount, well-insulated, and provide proper drainage. Each of our nesting boxes are accompanied by a species-specific educational brochure and mounting instructions, while nest boxes for owls, ducks, woodpeckers, chickadees, and kestrels all include their appropriate wood chips.