Bluebird and Small Cavity Nester Conservation
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QUICK TIPS: A few ways to tell if you're serious about bluebirding...


  • You know you're a bluebirder.  Photo by David Kinneer
    You consider bluebirds the true harbingers of spring.  (Forget about robins!)
  • The first egg of the year always brings a smile to your face.
  • You watch the bluebird box instead of the boob tube.
  • You can recognize ‘your’ bluebirds by their looks, song, or behavior. They come when you call.
  • You tell houseguests “Yes, that’s a container of squirming mealworms in the refrigerator.  Why?  Is there something wrong with that?”
  • The wallpaper on your cellphone/laptop/desktop computer is a bluebird photo (probably by David Kinneer.)
  • You roll your eyes when people refer to Blue Jays as bluebirds.
  • Your shelves/clothing/walls/car/mailbox/hat have bluebirds on them.  (Extra points for a bluebird tattoo.)
  • You find the chirp of a House Sparrow worse than fingernails on a chalkboard.  You flinch when you hear it at Home Depot or on TV.
  • Your shed is overflowing with boxes, poles and miscellaneous supplies (which you spent more money on than you care to admit.)  You always carry a bluebirding toolbox in your vehicle.
  • You complain at those stores selling flimsy ‘craft’ nestboxes that cannot be opened for monitoring or cleaning.
  • People refer to you as the Bluebird Lady or Bluebird Man.
  • You can talk for hours about cavity nesters (to the dismay of your partner.)
  • You engage in heated arguments about which style of nestbox is best.
  • You cringe when driving by a tree-mounted birdhouse with a busted roof and squirrel-gnawed entrance hole.
  • You stop at construction sites and ask to paw through their scrap wood piles.
  • Your happy place is on the bluebird trail.
  • Like a mad scientist, you constantly experiment with variations of baffles, heat shields, sparrow spookers, wren guards and other devices, in an effort to give your bluebirds their best chance at survival.
  • You mourn the loss of each egg, baby, or adult.  You find you are simultaneously sad and relieved when nesting season ends.
  • You anxiously await your quarterly copy of the NABS Bluebird journal, and read it cover to cover.

Compiled by Bet Zimmerman Smith with wonderful contributions by fellow Facebooking bluebirders.

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Always keep in mind that the nestboxes you build, install and monitor today, may well be your very real connection to friends and loved ones long after you are gone.
- David Gwin, Bluebird_L, 2006

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