Bluebirds, Bird of Happiness!

There is nothing more exciting and rewarding than being the landlord of a pair of nesting bluebirds, or several pairs. Bluebirds, formerly in a downward spiral due to loss of habitat and the proliferation of the non-native English (house) sparrow, are becoming relatively common thanks to the efforts of Bluebirds Across Nebraska, (BAN). Bluebirds Across Nebraska has become the most successful bluebird recovery program in North America. Bluebirds are relatively easy to attract in to a nest box provided you have the habitat they need. But monitoring the nesting activity of your bluebird family every 7 to 10 days is essential for their success. When one becomes a landlord of bluebirds, Purple Martins, Wood Ducks, or other cavity nesting birds you assume a certain responsibility to check on them and make certain all is well. Predation, parasitism, and weather can cause nest failures so monitoring is part of keeping your feathered tenants safe and happy. BAN members report fledging in excess of 25,000 young bluebirds annually from man-made nesting boxes. Wild Bird Habitat Stores carry a full line of bluebird nest boxes that are approved by the North American Bluebird Society. And with the information and help provided by Wild Bird Habitats friendly staff, you can become a successful bluebird landlord and fall in love with the bird of happiness. For more information about attracting bluebirds stop by the Wild Bird Habitat stores or visit Bluebird Across Nebraska.

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