Colorado Bluebird Project

Improving bluebird populations

The Colorado Bluebird Project operates under the guidance of Denver Audubon 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 needed to assist with monitoring of the nest boxes from April through August. Additionally, volunteers are needed to help with maintenance and repair of older nest boxes. Wondering what to expect as a volunteer? Check out this slideshow featuring photos provided by our volunteers from this past season.  

Educational presentations

Natural Resource Specialist, Barbara Spagnuolo, conducts an educational presentation in late winter to prepare residents for the start of the Colorado Bluebird Project season. 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. Stay tuned for details.

2019 season wrap up

If you were unable to attend our end-of-the-season reception and presentation, but want to know how the 2019 season ended up, view the Natural Resource Specialist's summary presentation. Also, if you were a 2019 volunteer and are curious about the specific site you monitored, we can provide you with a site summary. Contact 720-733-2294 or email us for more information.

2020 season information

The 2020 season will kick off in late February with training presentations. Weekly monitoring begins in April. If you are interested in learning more about the Colorado Bluebird Project or volunteering to be a nest-box monitor, please fill out a CO Bluebird Project Volunteer Interest Form to get on our email notification list.

To apply to participate and volunteer in the program, complete the Individual Volunteer Application and Volunteer Waiver Form, and submit both forms to the POST Partners Volunteer Program Coordinator by EMAIL.

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 School
  • 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 Elementary School
  • Stewart Trail at Ridgeline Open Space
  • The Rock Church
  • 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 2019 Colorado Bluebird Project volunteers. These 89 volunteers contributed over 600 hours to help with the program and increase our Bluebird and Tree Swallow populations in Castle Rock.

  • Alyson, Reese & Ethan Plummer
  • Amy Sheehan
  • Andrea, Toby, Claire, Brianna & Zachary Kluppel
  • Ann Weaver & Jack Simmonds
  • Art & Rhonda Morales
  • Becky May
  • Betty & Mark Schmidt
  • Bill Baird
  • Bob & Rose Legge
  • Bonnie Buchold
  • Brian, Adalynn & Brinly Peterson
  • Bruce Ritchie
  • Carolyn Kalbaugh
  • Castle Rock Elementary 5th & 6th graders
  • Christy Fletcher
  • Cindy Malone
  • Clear Sky Elementary Green Team
  • David Crabb
  • David Fogle
  • Diane & Toby Hillman
  • Diane Sparks
  • Doris Rollins
  • Earnest & Deanna Carl
  • Elizabeth Inman
  • Erik & Andrea Hillner
  • Flagstone Elementary 5th graders
  • Gary Walter
  • Gizelle & Colton Williams
  • Glory, Sidney & Sawyer Hotko
  • Helga Meyer
  • Jack Weaver & Ann Simmonds
  • Jammie & Conner Linn
  • Jan Meyer
  • Jennifer Lyon
  • Joe Kollath & Marilyn Lewis
  • John & Lisa Rohl
  • Jon & Marylin Greeneisen
  • Jonelle & Landon Albrecht
  • Julie Tarbet & Michelle Masten
  • Karen Foreman
  • Kathy O'Donnell
  • Keith Kozubal
  • Kim Malenoski
  • Kim Morgan
  • Kimberly & Karley Winder
  • Kimberly Kilzer
  • Kristen, Julia, Greyson & Darius Dugas
  • Laura Bowers
  • Lauren, Liam & Oliver Capper
  • Lesley Siroky
  • Leslie Hoggatt
  • Leslie Spencer
  • Linda & Sierra Gould
  • Linda, Charlie & Emerson Sweetman
  • Lisa Hardman
  • Lon, Michelle, Conner & Caelan Cohen
  • Madison Walker
  • Maia Aman
  • Marcia & Pawel Tarasenko
  • Marcy Jones
  • Margaret, Ellia & Ian Fletcher
  • Mario Cueller-Garcia
  • Matt Javernick
  • Matt, Roxann, Bonnie & Brienna Hayes
  • Meaghan & Camrynn Schultze
  • Meri Armstrong
  • Mesa Middle School Atlas Bear Team
  • Mike Lyon
  • Mike, Kristine & Loan Gauthier
  • Millie Rollins
  • Noel Espiritu
  • Norma Delgado
  • Pamela Coombes
  • Patty Kraus
  • Peggy & Ralph Winn
  • Peggy Hupp
  • Renaissance School 1st & 2nd graders
  • Renaissance School 2nd graders
  • Sage Canyon Elementary 2nd graders
  • Sam Anderson
  • Sarah Corliss
  • Sarah Fairburn & Ryan Figueroa
  • Shari, Doug, Will & Lauren Burg
  • Shawna & DJ Carlson
  • Sierra Gould
  • Stacy & Zane Wagner
  • Stephanie & Campbell Glavan
  • Sue McIntyre
  • Tarra Williams
  • Tess Johnson
  • Tiffany & Harry Reekseen
  • Tom & Amy Rivard
  • Val Denny
  • Williams Franklin
  • Yolande Schmitz