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Posted on: February 14, 2020

Help Castle Rock’s bluebird population soar; volunteers are needed for the 2020 season

Colorado Bluebird Project

They brighten up the sky and add music to the morning. Bluebirds are among the most fascinating native species in Colorado. Find out why and help improve the vitality of their species. The 2020 season of the Colorado Bluebird Project kicks off soon.

Join nature experts for an informational open house from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Millhouse at Philip S. Miller Park. Stop by to learn about why it’s important to look after this native songbird population, and how the program works.

Volunteers of all ages are needed to help maintain and monitor nesting boxes throughout the community. Participants will visit the boxes weekly to collect important nesting data. Volunteers are also needed to help with nesting box construction and repairs.

The program begins in late March, before bluebirds return from their winter migration, and runs through the end of summer. Weekly monitoring begins in April.

A separate training will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at the Millhouse for those who decide to participate as volunteer monitors in the program.

The Colorado Bluebird Project operates under POST Partners and Denver Audubon. The program aims to improve the vitality of native bluebird populations throughout Colorado, with the goal of informing and educating the public about bluebirds.

Since 2007, more than 190 nesting boxes have been installed in Castle Rock’s parks, open space, trails and other public spaces. In 2019, 89 volunteers contributed more than 600 hours to help increase the bluebird and swallow populations in Castle Rock.

For more information including a training manual and guidelines for installing nest boxes, visit CRgov.com/bluebird or contact Barbara Spagnuolo, Natural Resource Specialist, at 720-733-2294, or bspagnuolo@CRgov.com.

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