Bluebirds Project

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Activities

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spaceBluebird video at NGS

spaceEggs Fact Hunt

spaceBirds Book online

spaceBirds Facts Activity

spaceCitizen Science Projects

spaceFields, Meadows EcoUnit

spaceNestWatch

Other Nestbox residents:

spaceTree Swallows

spaceEnglish Sparrow

spaceWren

spaceWren Chicks

spaceNuthatch

spaceMice

spaceChickadee

Eastern bluebird chicks sleeping - JP Bluebirds Nest Box Log

Develop your science skills by making regular observations of bluebirds in a nest box.

blue feather Erect a bluebird box on your home or school property.

Lots of plans are available to make your own nestbox .

There are also many sources for prefab boxes. Not all boxes are really appropriate for bluebirds. Check the expert's plans to be sure a pre-made one is the right dimensions. Pay special attention to the diameter of the entrance hole. Learn why you should be picky about your box's dimensions.

You could consider posting several different kinds of nest boxes to see which attracts the birds.

blue feather Download this great Nest Box Logs.

Make regular observations. Document your observations. Answer the questions in the logs.

Come to a conclusion - Is the species you are observing: thriving / holding its own / threatened in your area? How does this compare with other people's observations at NestWatch? Based on this status what actions do you recommend?

Alternatively:

blue feather Observe using an online nest box cam.

Cornell University provides one. Several other ones are available online. Use your search skills to find one close to your area. Bookmark the nest cam's web page to make it easier to regularly check it.

Observe daily. Document your observations. Answer the questions in the logs.

Nest Box Cam Movies

You could even set up a web cam yourself!

Bird house wireless web cam | Nest Box Video Cameras

 

 

More information:

Overview of the Nesting Cycle

Eggs Hatch

Citizen Scientist observe bluebirds nestbox

Learn about Nests

BirdSleuth: Investigating Evidence - free materials from Cornell University

blue featherOther potential nest box inhabitants:

Tree Swallow / English Sparrow / Wren / Nuthatch
Tufted Titmouse / Chickadee / Mice

Aligned with Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Science & Technology , Ecology & Environment, Mathematics, Reading & Writing.

 

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