How to Get Involved
Nest Boxes on Your Property:
If you would like to participate in the project by having nest boxes located on your
property, please contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org. One of our volunteers will
contact you and help evaluate the habitat and possibility of bluebirds in your area.
You may monitor your own boxes or if one of our monitors is already working in your
neighborhood, be added to an existing bluebird trail.
The ideal habitat for western bluebirds is mowed grass, pasture land, vineyards, or open
fields. They are not forest birds and don't use swampy areas. They pair up at the nesting
boxes for reproduction from April through August, feeding on live insects they pick
up from the ground and out of the air.
If you would like to volunteer with the project, there are several ways to do so:
Become a Monitor -- Attend the annual spring training and work with a licensed bander
who will show you a route and train you through the summer. This commitment requires
about four hours each week from April to mid-August driving an existing route and checking
on 25 to 30 boxes. Monitors maintain records of their observations and report regularly
to their assigned banders.
Help at Events -- A variety of different roles need to be filled to make events such as
the Champoeg Bluebird Festival a success. This is a one-time commitment depending upon the
specific event, such as setting up and hosting an information table at a farmer's market or
summer festival. This is an important way to advance our educational and community outreach
Make Presentations -- Community groups, school classes, and civic organizations request
speakers to present slide programs and educational materials about bluebirds and the project.
Training for this role is not difficult and display materials are available to support your
Check Email -- Every few days the project email account needs
to be checked and messages answered or forwarded to the proper authority. This commitment
requires some experience with bluebirds and about an hour two to three times each week.