Why help bluebirds?
Bluebirds are cavity nesters, they search for holes in dead trees or old fence posts in which to make their nests. Unfortunately, there are not enough of these potential homes, so putting up nest boxes along bluebird “trails” can help bluebird populations. Volunteers who serve as trail monitors check the boxes at least once a week during the nesting season to monitor the nest's progress and make sure no problems occur.
When bluebirds find an acceptable nest box, they make gather nesting materials from brown grass and long pine needles, weaving them skillfully into a cup inside the box. Eventually, they lay up to five pale blue eggs twice a year, beginning in late April and continuing through August. The eggs hatch after about two weeks, and the young birds are ready to fledge about 16 to 21 days after hatching.
What is Saint Paul doing?
Two Bluebird Trails are currently located at Como Regional Park and Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary. Another Trail is planned for Indian Mounds Regional Park. For updates on our Como Park Bluebird Trail check out our blog, Restore Saint Paul.