Colorado Bluebird Project

Improving bluebird populations


The Colorado Bluebird Project operates under the guidance of the Audubon Society of Greater Denver and is offered through POST Partners in Castle Rock. This volunteer-run project aims to improve the vitality of bluebird populations throughout Colorado and to inform and educate the public about bluebirds. For more information, see the project overview sheet.

Volunteers of all ages are welcome to assist with monitoring of the nest boxes from April through August. Volunteers are also needed to assist with nest box construction. To apply for the program, complete the individual volunteer application and volunteer waiver and indemnification form, and then submit it to the POST Partners volunteer coordinator by email.

Educational Presentations


‚ÄčNatural Resource Special, Barbara Spagnuolo, conducts two education presentations to prepare residents for the start of the Colorado Bluebird Project season. Volunteers are needed for weekly monitoring of nest boxes and breeding activity from April through August. Learn about the program and how you can help bluebirds in Castle Rock or in your own backyard at the open house with comprehensive monitoring training offered separately.

2017 Season Information

Are you interested in learning more about the Colorado Bluebird Project or volunteering to be a nest-box monitor? If you missed this season but are interested in helping out next year, feel free to fill out a volunteer interest form and let us know which nest-box site you'd like to monitor and we'll notify you of next year's training.

Season wrap up potluck and presentation:
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 6-8 p.m. The Millhouse at Philip S. Miller Park
1381 W. Plum Creek Parkway

Feel free to download our Colorado Bluebird Project Volunteer Training Manual as a reference for either your backyard monitoring or as one of our nest-box monitoring volunteers.
 
We encourage those installing nest boxes in their own yards to follow these guidelines.

Locations of bluebird nest boxes in Castle Rock


Bluebird boxes are located throughout Castle Rock on various public parks, trails, open space and school properties. View a map of all the locations.
  • Bison Park
  • Butterfield Crossing Park
  • Castle Rock Elementary
  • Cedar Hill Cemetery
  • Crystal Valley Ranch (at Sellars Gulch)
  • Douglas County High School
  • Faith Lutheran Church
  • Flagstone Elementary future park site
  • Flagstone Elementary School
  • Gateway Mesa interior
  • Gateway Mesa Open Space
  • Gemstone Park
  • Matney Park
  • Memmen Ridge Open Space
  • Mesa Middle School
  • Metzler Ranch Park 
  • Mitchell Gulch Park
  • Native Legend Trail (two sites)
  • Philip S. Miller Park
  • Plum Creek Park
  • Quarry Mesa Open Space
  • Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course (two sites)
  • Renaissance Magnet School
  • Rhyolite Regional Park
  • Sage Canyon Elem. School Open Space
  • Stewart Trail at Ridgeline Open Space
  • Woodlands Bowl Open Space
  • Wrangler Park

Additional educational opportunities


The Town's natural resource specialist is available for educational presentations to schools, scout troops, volunteer groups and community organizations.

Volunteers


Thanks to these 2016 Colorado Bluebird Project volunteers. These more than 80 volunteers contributed 411 hours to help with the program and increase our Bluebird and Tree Swallow populations in Castle Rock. If you were unable to attend our season-end recap, view some of the highlights from this year's program.
  • Alicia and Tayla Hering
  • Alyson Plummer
  • Andrew Christensen
  • Angela Stowell
  • Art Morales
  • Barbara Eckert
  • Bethesda Lutheran Community
  • Bob and Rose Legge
  • Bonnie Buchold
  • Brian Brockhaus
  • Brice Jones
  • Brighton Cleaver
  • Carla Turner
  • Carol Schumacher
  • Carolyn Haught
  • Castle Rock Elementary School students
  • Charissa and Cindy Malone
  • Chris Lucero
  • Christy and Ian Fletcher
  • Clear Sky Elementray School Green Team
  • Crystal Carmody
  • David Crabb
  • David Gillard
  • Dean and Aimee Bennett
  • Deb Drenth
  • Debra Odom
  • Diane and Katie McKinna
  • Diane Sparks
  • Ed Meserko
  • Eric and Kathy Elder
  • Flagstone Elementary students
  • Frank (Bill) Burcham
  • Glory Rae Hotko
  • Hayes family
  • Heather Attardo
  • Helga Meyer
  • Holly McClintock
  • Jana Schmitz
  • Jennifer Curran
  • Jody Murphy and Kase Linden
  • John Simmonds
  • Jon and Marylin Greeneisen
  • Josh and Amy Aylesworth
  • Judy and Terry Hostetler
  • Julisa Morris
  • Karen and Jeff Hager
  • Karen Foreman
  • Kathy O'Donnell
  • Kimber, Brooke and Paige Morgan
  • Kimberly Tomey
  • Kurt Krueger and Hayden Peschl
  • Lesley Siroky
  • Leslie Spencer
  • Linda Thomas
  • Lisa Graznak
  • Lisa and Devin Zegers 
  • Lon Cohen and family
  • Mary Ellen Leicht
  • Mary Jo Madsen
  • Marybeth and MacKenzie Caudle-Brooks
  • Melanie Spooner
  • Mesa Middle School Atlas Bear Team
  • Mike Gauthier
  • Millie Rollins
  • Pam and Amanda Caruso
  • Patty Kraus
  • Paul and Elizabeth Inman
  • Renaissance Elementary Magnet School
  • Renee Cazer
  • Rick Decker
  • Royce Beatty
  • Rusovick Family
  • Sara Scherrei
  • Sarah Corliss
  • Sheila Fuller
  • Steve Hill
  • Susanne Stech
  • Tim Miller
  • Tracie and Brooke Ware
  • Ursula Rogers