These Western Bluebird (WEBLs) nestling are close to fledging, but appeared unfazed by monitoring. Normally it is wise NOT to open a box after the nestlings are around 12-13 days old, to prevent premature fledging.
Notice the fecal sac emerging from the rear of the bluebird on the left.
You cannot begin to preserve any species of animal unless you preserve the habitat in which it dwells. Disturb or destroy that habitat and you will exterminate the species as surely as if you had shot it. So conservation means that you have to preserve forest and grassland, river and lake, even the sea itself. This is vital not only for the preservation of animal life generally, but for the future existence of man himself—a point that seems to escape many people.
-Gerald Durrell, The Nature Conservancy
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