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Bluebirds help brighten up the sky and add music to the day. Help improve the vitality of these songbirds, and find out why they are one of our most fascinating native species. The 2021 season of the Colorado Bluebird Project kicks off Thursday, Feb. 18.
Join nature experts for a virtual informational open house from 7 to 8 p.m. Learn about why it’s important to look after these beautiful birds. Plus, find out about the basics of having a bluebird box in your backyard, and how to become a volunteer with the Town.
The program begins in late March, before bluebirds return from their winter migration, and runs through the end of summer. Weekly monitoring begins in April.
Volunteers of all ages are needed to help maintain and monitor nesting boxes throughout the community. Registered volunteers will visit the boxes regularly to collect important nesting data. Volunteers are also needed to help with nesting box construction and repairs.
A separate virtual training will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 4, for those who decide to participate as volunteer monitors in the program.
For more than 14 years, the Colorado Bluebird Project has operated under POST Partners and Denver Audubon. The program aims to improve the vitality of native bluebird populations throughout Colorado, with the goal of informing and educating the public about bluebirds.
Since 2007, more than 190 nesting boxes have been installed in Castle Rock’s parks, open spaces, trails and other public spaces. In 2020, 105 volunteers contributed more than 1,000 hours to help increase the bluebird and swallow populations in Castle Rock.
Registration is required for both virtual presentations. For registration, volunteer sign-up and more information, including a training manual and guidelines for installing nest boxes, visit CRgov.com/Bluebird.
Questions? Barbara Spagnuolo, Natural Resource Specialist, at 720-733-2294, or bspagnuolo@CRgov.com.
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