Name: Bluebird boxes
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)
Native to Fairfax County
Bluebirds nest in small holes in trees called cavities. In northern Virginia, the number of older trees has been reduced. To help bluebirds, we've set up bluebird boxes in Riverbend's meadows. The boxes require maintenance of the bluebird box, pole, and predator guards. Sometimes total replacement is needed.
Each season, volunteers monitor the bluebird boxes. The information recorded is part of a nationwide study on bluebirds. Thirty-one baby bluebirds fledged from the boxes in the 2010 season. For information on how you can become a volunteer bluebird box monitor contact us.
Before the boxes, bluebirds were not often seen. Introduced European starlings aggressively took the bluebirds' nesting spots. Also, available nesting places have been reduced. Bluebird boxes placed in open areas, like fields, have been successful time after time. Today bluebird boxes can be found across the country and the number of bluebirds is increasing!
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