About Patrick

I started working construction as a teenager and over the years I've built homes, storage sheds, outhouses and chicken coops. Every project generates a lot of waste wood and I often wondered, "What to do with all these scraps?" Nice Nests are my answer.

Nice Nests hatched in 2014 and from the beginning, my mission was clear: To re-purpose scrap wood into functional, science-based, species-specific breeding habitat. Nice Nests are a fusion of my fascination with the natural world and my passion for building beautiful things. I enjoy helping people manage their outdoor spaces to attract birds, bats, and beneficial pollinators to their back yards, gardens, farms, or acreages.

I am a regular at the Twisp and Winthrop farmer's markets, partner with a variety of regional retailers and galleries, and sell Nice Nests at many of the bird festivals, garden shows, arts and craft events in the Pacific Northwest. My workshop is at the TwispWorks campus in the Methow Valley on the east slopes of the North Cascades. Stop by and visit if you are in the area!

Patrick G Hannigan / Winthrop,

Cleaning out an American Kestrel box. Kestrels use this box each year - easy hunting for mice attracted to the hay stored in the barn.

Cleaning out an American Kestrel box. Kestrels use this box each year - easy hunting for mice attracted to the hay stored in the barn.