Happening in the Hills
February 15 & 29, 2020

Bluebird Nest Box Building Workshops at Flanders

Flanders is holding two bluebird nest box building programs this year on Saturday, February 15th and again on Saturday, February 29th.

Master Naturalist Dr. Edward Boisits will touch on the history of the Eastern Bluebird and discuss the role of the bluebird nest box initiative in helping to increase the populations of the beautiful birds to sustainable levels. Following the slideshow presentation, participants will build their own nest box using kits provided.

Once common throughout Connecticut, the Eastern Bluebird, the only bluebird species found in New England, has declined in numbers. One significant contributing factor to this decline is the lack of suitable nesting spots needed by the bluebird to successfully raise young. The construction of nest boxes and their establishment in appropriate habitat is helping the bluebird make a comeback. Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust’s ongoing bluebird program has helped bring dozens of Eastern bluebirds back to the area.

Wanting to encourage others to also provide appropriate nesting spots for the birds, all the materials needed to build a blue bird box will be provided at the programs and participants will be creating their own nest box to take home with them. Information and tips needed for installing and maintaining a successful bluebird nest box to encourage bluebirds to your property will also be covered.

Wonderful for families as well as adults, both sessions of the program are being held at 2PM at the Flanders Studio located at the corner of Flanders and Church Hill Road in Woodbury.

The cost for each bluebird nest box is $20 for each box built. Preregistration is required, space is limited and fills quickly so early registration is recommended. Those interested may register online at www.flandersnaturecenter.org or call 203-263-3711, ext. 12, for more information.

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