“Welcome Back, Bluebirds”
The purpose of this presentation is to provide general information on bluebirds and other cavity nesters. Participants will also learn the basics of bluebird nest box monitoring. There will be displays, handouts, and Q & A included. This event is open to the public so bring a friend.
Virginia Bluebird Society (VBS) State Coordinator, Owner/Manager of the Woolwine House Bluebird Trail, and member of the Southwestern Piedmont Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists, will share how-to’s of successfully fledging baby bluebirds and other native cavity-nesting bird species using manmade nestboxes. This is a good program for beginners interested in erecting a properly installed backyard nestbox to attract bluebirds and other native birds and how to assure successful fledging, those interested in installing and monitoring a bluebird trail, or those already involved in bluebirds seeking solutions on handling problems that can arise in the nestboxes, and what the general joy is all about from watching a nesting cycle close-up. Topics covered will be history and challenges bluebirds face to thrive and why they need our help today, what the ideal nestbox consists of and installation methods to help them succeed in raising their families in correct habitat, mate selection and details on the nesting cycle and behaviors, how to deter predators using predator guards and other deterrence strategies for their safety, why it is important to “monitor” nestboxes weekly with monitoring tips, troubleshooting and quick problem-solving, why monitoring nestboxes has assisted the bluebird populations back to healthier numbers, and hearing some success stories Christine has had on her own bluebird trail. This program includes a colorful PowerPoint presentation, handouts, displays, Q & A, and demonstrations on monitoring protocols and suggestions for easy record-keeping of data collected and how to submit the end-of-season data for Virginia’s state permanent records. Program is hosted by the Southwestern Piedmont Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, 21 Starling Avenue, Martinsville, VA 24112. Time allotted for the full program is 90 minutes starting at 10:00 a.m. and will be held in the museum’s Walker Lecture Hall. Open to the public. Attendance is free. Bring a friend and your questions!
For more info on VBS, go to: http://www.virginiabluebirds.org/