Volunteers needed to bring back the blues

A volunteer installs a bluebird house in Westport. A volunteer installs a bluebird house in Westport.

A volunteer installs a bluebird house in Westport.

A volunteer installs a bluebird house in Westport.

The Trustees of Reservations will offer a training session on Saturday, March 8, 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 rare 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 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 p.m. at the Westport Town Farm, 830 Drift Road, Westport. To register go to www.thetrustees.org/volunteer/ email lharrington@ttor.org or call (508) 636-4693 ext. 103.

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