The 5 new bluebird nesting boxes were installed this afternoon at the Lewis Road Riding Ring area. We are up and running!
Bluebird Nesting Boxes Installed
By Kurt Miske, Board Member, Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society
March 16, 2021 - Bluebirds (as well as Tree Swallows) are native cavity nesting birds who are in decline. There are several reasons for this, but a large one is loss of habitat. In an effort to help correct this situation, WCAS created our Bluebird Project. Funded by seed money from the Jean E. Miske Memorial Fund and other contributions, WCAS obtained 5 bluebird nesting boxes and accompanying hardware.
On Friday afternoon, 3/12, a group of people converged on the field behind Lewis Road Riding Ring, which is in the Cleveland Metroparks (CMP). Tim Krynak, representing CMP, determined exact locations for the boxes. Tim also was instrumental in granting permission to WCAS to put up the boxes, as well as removing 4 old decrepit boxes and poles.
Penny and Fritz Brandau from Black River Audubon Society (BRAS) were present. They have been instrumental in helping us get the program up and running. We would not be where we are without their guidance and continued interest. Penny and Fritz run BRAS’ bluebird box program, with about 450 boxes being cared for and monitored. Much thanks to them for everything they have done and the support they bring.
After watching Penny and Fritz install the first box, I was enlisted to help with the next 4. Pole in, critter barrier installed, box attached and on to the next. The barriers will help prevent raccoons, feral cats, snakes and other ground creatures from gaining access to the nesting box. While installation was underway, Tim pointed out an eagle flying high over the nearby river, no doubt doing some fishing. As we put up the last couple of boxes, we were serenaded by bluebirds off in the distance.
Boxes must be monitored at least once/week, although we plan to go with the preferred twice a week. There are still many obstacles that the bluebirds (and Tree Swallow, who are also welcome) may well encounter, and our job is to help as much as possible. We also will keep records, which will not only help in this endeavor but will also be sent to NestWatch as part of their citizen science project.
WCAS is currently soliciting donations to help fund this project. The Jean E. Miske Memorial Fund will match 1 for 1 every dollar donated up to $500. Excess funds, if any, will benefit WCAS.
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