Volunteers needed to bring back the blues

Eastern bluebird. (Photo from the Trustees of Reservations). Eastern bluebird. (Photo from the Trustees of Reservations).

Eastern bluebird. (Photo from the Trustees of Reservations).

Eastern bluebird. (Photo from the Trustees of Reservations).

Last weekend they offered instructions on how to builds bluebird nest boxes,  next the Trustees of Reservations will show volunteers how to watch over and tend to the boxes.

On Saturday, March 9, the Trustees will offer a training session for volunteers interested in helping to monitor bluebird nest boxes this coming spring.

The Trustees protect many properties with open fields that provide ideal breeding habitat for endangered species including Eastern bluebirds. There are dozens of volunteer built bluebird boxes on several properties along the South Coast that provide critical nesting spots for these beautiful birds.

Bluebird trails have been established in Fall River, Westport, Dartmouth and Rochester and volunteers are needed to check the boxes regularly during the nesting season to keep track of the bluebird population and discourage non-native house sparrows that force native birds out.

A free workshop for those interested in learning more will be held between 1 and 3 pm.m. at the Westport Town Farm located at 830 Drift Road in Westport.

To register go to www.thetrustees.org/volunteer/ , email lharrington@ttor.org or call (508) 636-4693 ext. 103.

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