Bring Back the Bluebirds Project Update – July 20th

Hi everybody,

Over the past two weeks we’ve had five bluebirds fledge. Once fledged, it didn’t take them long to figure out where the mealworm feeding station was and these birds are now busily foraging on their own (and with their parents help!). Even though these birds have recently fledged and quickly become independent, they stay relatively close to their parents for the first several weeks. During this time we continue to supplement them with mealworms in hopes we can provide them with the best start in life as possible.

This juvenile male has figured out where to get a good meal! He can easily fit in the small mesh holes to retrieve mealworms.

Our most successful bluebird pair in the valley has produced a second clutch of five eggs, two of which have already hatched! We hope to find five nestlings there by the time the weekend is over. While the female is tending to her young, the male is often harassed by the three fledglings from their previous clutch, who seem to be always hungry.

This male’s band combinations are Orange over Aluminum and Yellow over Celeste. He has begun to recognize that I often bring mealworms and now waits for me at the feeding tray.

On July 18th the bluebird team partook in the Cowichan Community Stewardship Roundtable event at Stoltz Pool. This was a great event that allowed many people to share their perspectives on local conservation and stewardship activities. Luckily the weather held out for us (mostly) and everybody was able to enjoy a potluck under a blue summer sky next to the river. We were fortunate enough to have many great speakers who covered a variety of topics such as parkland restoration projects, traditional/environmental medicine, plant ecology, water cycles and more. I talked briefly about the population trends of many bird groups in Canada. If you would like to know more about this, the North American Bird Conservation Initiative published a report on the status of birds in Canada, which is a interesting and informative read that I highly recommend going over! You can find the report here.

We will be having a meeting on Tuesday, July 23rd from 1:00 – 2:30pm at the Fish Health Building to discuss some possible avenues for volunteers moving the project forward. We’re most definitely interested in hearing what all volunteers and interested supporters have to contribute so we welcome everybody to attend. If you cannot attend, we’d be happy to chat over the phone, or just shoot us an email!

Another reminder that we are hosting our annual appreciation event on Monday, August 12th, from 5:30 – 8:00pm at Don and Theresa Carson’s home. We have sent out an email invitation with more information! Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

– Braden



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