Bluebird Chitchat

Bluebird chitchat
Kate Bouey - Apr 4, 2017
Castanet

They were once common across North America, but by the 1960s, bluebird numbers plunged due to development, pesticides and invasive species.

The North Okanagan Naturalists' Club is working to protect remaining bluebirds.

In the Vernon area, there are two types: the Mountain Bluebird and the Western Bluebird.

They arrive from their wintering grounds in the south earlier than most birds and begin hunting for a suitable nest site in March and early April.

The Naturalists' Club manages 18 bluebird trails established on farms and ranchlands, with a total of about 450 nest boxes. Each trail has from eight to 40 boxes.

Monitors check for species of bird, dates of egg laying, numbers of chicks hatching and fledging. All results are recorded and sent to the Southern Interior Bluebird Society which collects data from all B.C. sites.

The club is gearing up for another year of monitoring and is launching the season with a bluebird workshop, slideshow and information session, to be held Saturday, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at the Vernon branch of Okanagan Regional Library.

Anyone interested in joining the meeting and learning more about the birds and the Nest Box Program may contact co-ordinator Margaret Mackenzie at 250-542-2712 or email
mhubble@telus.net.

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