Colorado Bluebird Project

Improving bluebird populations


The Colorado Bluebird Project operates under the guidance of the Audubon Society of Greater Denver and is offered through POST Partners in Castle Rock. This volunteer-run project aims to improve the vitality of bluebird populations throughout Colorado and to inform and educate the public about bluebirds. For more information, see the project overview sheet.

Volunteers of all ages are welcome to assist with monitoring of the nest boxes from April through August. Volunteers are also needed to assist with nest box construction. To apply for the program, complete the individual volunteer application and volunteer waiver and indemnification form, and then submit it to the POST Partners volunteer coordinator by email.

Educational Presentations


‚ÄčNatural Resource Special, Barbara Spagnuolo, conducts two education presentations to prepare residents for the start of the Colorado Bluebird Project season. Volunteers are needed for weekly monitoring of nest boxes and breeding activity from April through August. Learn about the program and how you can help bluebirds in Castle Rock or in your own backyard at the open house with comprehensive monitoring training offered separately.

2017 Season wrap up

If you were unable to attend our end-of-the-season reception and presentation, but want to know how the season ended up, click here to view Barbara's presentation.   Also, if you were a 2017 volunteer and are curious about the specific site you monitored, Barbara will be preparing a site summary, which will be available for you to view on Google Drive in early October.

2018 Season Information

Are you interested in learning more about the Colorado Bluebird Project or volunteering to be a nest-box monitor? If you missed this season but are interested in helping out next year, feel free to fill out a volunteer interest form and let us know which nest-box site you'd like to monitor and we'll notify you of next year's training in late February/early March.

Feel free to download our Colorado Bluebird Project Volunteer Training Manual as a reference for either your backyard monitoring or as one of our nest-box monitoring volunteers.
 
We encourage those installing nest boxes in their own yards to follow these guidelines.

Locations of bluebird nest boxes in Castle Rock


Bluebird boxes are located throughout Castle Rock on various public parks, trails, open space and school properties. View a map of all the locations.
  • Bison Park
  • Butterfield Crossing Park
  • Castle Rock Elementary
  • Cedar Hill Cemetery
  • Crystal Valley Ranch (at Sellars Gulch)
  • Douglas County High School
  • Faith Lutheran Church
  • Flagstone Elementary future park site
  • Flagstone Elementary School
  • Gateway Mesa interior
  • Gateway Mesa Open Space
  • Gemstone Park
  • Matney Park
  • Memmen Ridge Open Space
  • Mesa Middle School
  • Metzler Ranch Park 
  • Mitchell Gulch Park
  • Native Legend Trail (two sites)
  • Philip S. Miller Park
  • Plum Creek Park
  • Quarry Mesa Open Space
  • Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course (two sites)
  • Renaissance Magnet School
  • Rhyolite Regional Park
  • Sage Canyon Elem. School Open Space
  • Stewart Trail at Ridgeline Open Space
  • Woodlands Bowl Open Space
  • Wrangler Park

Additional educational opportunities


The Town's natural resource specialist is available for educational presentations to schools, scout troops, volunteer groups and community organizations.

Volunteers


Thanks to these 2017 Colorado Bluebird Project volunteers. These more than 80 volunteers contributed 513 hours to help with the program and increase our Bluebird and Tree Swallow populations in Castle Rock.  We lost one of our long-time bluebird monitors this year to cancer. We will miss Carla Turner and all of her contributions to the wildlife of Castle Rock.
  • Alyson Plummer
  • Amber & Joy Baughman
  • Angela Stowell
  • Ann Weaver
  • Art & Rhonda Morales
  • Bethesda Lutheran Community
  • Bill Baird
  • Bob and Rose Legge
  • Bonnie Buchold
  • Brian Brockhaus
  • Brian Peterson
  • Bryson Lindsey
  • Bunny Wink
  • Candy Montgomery
  • Castle Rock Elementary School students
  • Charissa and Cindy Malone
  • Christy and Ian Fletcher
  • Clear Sky Elementary School students
  • Crystal Carmody
  • Cub Scout Pack 781
  • David Crabb
  • David Gillard
  • Dean and Aimee Bennett
  • Diane Doran
  • Diane and Katie McKinna
  • Diane Sparks
  • Doris Rollins
  • Elizabeth Inman
  • Flagstone Elementary students
  • Gary Walter
  • Glory Rae Hotko
  • Hayes family
  • Helga Meyer
  • Holly McClintock
  • Jenny Lyon
  • John Simmonds
  • Jon and Marylin Greeneisen
  • Judy Hostetler
  • Julie Quinlan
  • Karen and Jeff Hager
  • Karen Foreman
  • Kathy Elder
  • Kathy O'Donnell
  • Kimber, Brooke and Paige Morgan
  • Kurt Krueger and Hayden Peschl
  • Laura Trimarco
  • Lesley Siroky
  • Leslie Spencer
  • Lisa Tuers
  • Lisa and Devin Zegers 
  • Lon Cohen and family
  • Maia Aman
  • Mary Jo Madsen
  • Megan Stancliffe
  • Mesa Middle School Atlas Bear Team
  • Michelle Debord
  • Mike Gauthier
  • Millie Rollins
  • Misti & Ephraim Smith
  • Moira Malany
  • Natalie Wilsenach & family
  • Pam Caruso
  • Patty Kraus
  • Paul and Elizabeth Inman
  • Raymond Steele
  • Renaissance Elementary Magnet School
  • Renee Cazer
  • Rick Decker
  • Riley & Diane Simmons
  • Sage Canyon 2nd grade students
  • Sara Scherrei
  • Sarah Corliss
  • Stephanie Kjelstrom
  • Stephen Wink
  • Susanne Stech
  • Tamara Jaimes
  • Tracy & Laura Pionek
  • Ursula Rogers
  • Zane & Stacy Wagner