26 Jan Wonderful Success Story | Jan 2016
Wonderful Success Story
Here’s a wonderful success story about the Western Bluebird.
About 30 years ago few Western Bluebirds could be seen in Southern California. This was the result of urban development that had removed the old trees these birds depend upon for nest cavities.
In 2007, four bird enthusiasts formed the Southern California Bluebird Club (SCBC). The main goal of the SCBC was to expand interest in Western Bluebirds as well as to build, install and monitor nestboxes. (See the link below for more info)
Today, the Southern California Bluebird Club represents a wonderful success story of conservation and citizen science.
In 2015, 114 volunteers attended to 2,285 nest boxes. This effort included setting up nest boxes followed by weekly visits in Spring and Summer to count nests, eggs, nestlings, and fledged birds. Volunteers also cleaned and repaired boxes.
Result: 5,906 Western Bluebirds in 2015.
We owe this group sincere thanks.
Now you will find Western Bluebirds in parks and gardens throughout Southern California.
This group has shown that people can make a difference. In this case, their nest box program has helped preserve a beautiful bird.
Their efforts are also leading to changes in tree management.
For example, some parks are leaving old trees in place to provide nest sites for cavity nesting birds. And arborists are changing their procedures to protect birds.
See more photos of bluebirds at:
Southern California Bluebird Club at https://www.bluebirdssc.wordpress.com
The Cavity Conservation Initiative at http://www.cavityconservation.com
If you like bluebirds and live somewhere else, see:
The North American Bluebird Society at http://www.nabluebirdsociety.org/index.htm