Join us at 7 PM April 20 at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center for a program by Sumner Matteson. Sumner will talk about the success of the Trumpeter swan reintroduction in Wisconsin. Note Sumner will not be able to join us. Please see new program Sharing the Trail
Ever wonder what someone was talking about when they mention a “Bluebird trail”? What are you missing if you don’t monitor the nest boxes in your backyard? Why should bird nest boxes be monitored? Can you pick up young birds without causing abandonment by adults? Discover what goes on inside those nest boxes during the breeding season. Come and see other birds that are blue, and learn about the life cycle of the eastern bluebird.
Jack Bartholmai will be presenting a program that will take you on a virtual photographic tour of his Dodge County Bluebird (nestbox) trail at the next meeting of the Horicon Marsh Bird Club on Thursday, April 20th, at 7 P.M. at the Horicon Education and Visitor Center. This meeting is open to the public and held in the auditorium on the lower level.
Jack began monitoring his nestbox trail in 1983 and, after 34 years of trial (trail) and error, and reading about bluebirds, has learned many ways to improve the nesting success of bluebirds. Location of boxes (habitat), spacing between houses, opening size, predator guards, height above ground, and what you wear on your feet all play a role in nesting success.
He has also discovered that a bluebird trail is a trail shared by other cavity nesting birds as well as insects, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and all sorts of critters.
If you aren’t presently monitoring nest boxes, perhaps this meeting will be a good place to start.
“Bluebirds bring good luck they say
And happiness with song.
This house when bluebirds come your way
Should not be empty long.”
This presentation will be preceded by a short talk by Matt Herzman about the Wisconsin Atlas of Breeding Birds and how you can become involved.