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For many outdoor enthusiasts, the sounds of rustling leaves, flowing streams and chirping birds are all part of the nature experience. Help make sure a key element of Colorado’s outdoor life is alive and well by volunteering for the Town’s Colorado Bluebird Program.
Volunteers are needed to help with weekly monitoring of nest boxes and collecting valuable breeding activity information of Colorado bluebirds. Find out more at an open house from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Millhouse at Philip S. Miller Park.
The Colorado Bluebird Project operates under the guidance of the Audubon Society of Greater Denver. The volunteer-run, citizen-scientist project aims at improving the vitality of bluebird populations throughout Colorado. The program depends on public volunteers to help with its success.
Since 2007, the program has consistently expanded to include nearly 170 next boxes at 30 different Castle Rock locations. Weekly monitoring of these nest boxes generally takes place from April through August.
“Colorado bluebirds are one of the birds native to our area,” said Natural Resource Specialist, Barbara Spagnuolo. “Helping improve their populations only helps strengthen our community’s ties to the environment around us.”
Interested in learning more about the program or finding out how to put a nest box in the backyard? Attend the open house and/or a nest-box monitor training to find out more. The program is suitable for families and volunteers of all ages.
The monitor training is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, at the Public Safety Training Facility, 1335 Park St.
More information about the program – including guidelines, next box locations and volunteer sign-up forms – is available at CRgov.com/bluebird.
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