As a hobby, my husband Rob builds bird houses from old fence board and various shells and driftwood collected on beach walks. Then he sells them at a local farmer’s market. On a trip to Uganda, he was teaching some Ugandan students a few carpentry skills (using only hand tools, which was a challenge!) He taught them to build shelves that they could use or sell as a way to earn extra money. In the process of teaching them how to work with wood he told them about his bird houses. They looked at him with astonishment and said, “You build houses for BIRDS?” They had only seen birds build their own nests and couldn’t conceive of a person building a house for a bird! They asked, “do people really buy houses for birds, and do the birds live in them?” He answered yes to both questions. It brought home to us how very unique our perspective is here in the US. The Ugandan people we met could barely afford to feed their families and keep a roof over their own heads, let alone have the time or resources to build a house for a wild creature like a bird!