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Bluebird Trail-Woolwine-VA

July 18, 2010

Christine Boran is a volunteer for the non-profit Virginia Bluebird Society (VBS) as County Coordinator for Patrick and Floyd Counties. Christine established the Woolwine House Bluebird Trail

The Eastern Bluebird was one of Virginia's most common songbirds 100 years ago, but their numbers sharply declined through the years in North America due to harsh winters, urban sprawl, lack of dead trees or snags, the introduction of the invasive house sparrow and starling from Europe, a decline in winter food (native berries), pesticides and herbicides, like glyphosate, which can kill bluebirds very quickly, and to predators. Thanks to conservation efforts, such as establishing and monitoring bluebird nestboxes using predator guards, their numbers have increased! Christine Boran is a volunteer for the non-profit Virginia Bluebird Society (VBS) as County Coordinator for Patrick and Floyd Counties. Christine established the Woolwine House Bluebird Trail commencing Spring 2008. In monitoring and maintaining the nestboxes, Christine follows the VBS and Virginia Society of Ornithology’s (VSO) Principles of Birding Ethics while collecting accurate records of the cycle of nest building; egg laying, incubating, and counts eggs and hatchings and fledgings of the baby bluebirds. Monitoring detects problems early and provide a greater chance of survival for protected cavity-nesting birds such as the chickadee, titmouse, nuthatch, tree swallow, and the wren; while also looking for signs of house sparrow nesting, ants, blowflies, and wasps that deter and kill birds using the nestboxes and administers remedies to discourage them. the use of predator guards minimize the chance that snakes, squirrels, raccoons, large birds, mice, and cats that prey on the eggs and nestlings. Christine is on the Speaker’s Bureau for the North American Bluebird Society (NABS) and conducts free educational presentations and workshops to local groups, trains beginners in proper nestbox selection and installation and monitoring using VBS recommendations, and will coordinate and include that data for the VBS which is kept in the state's records and forwarded to NABS and the Transcontinental Bluebird Trail in North America. The Virginia Bluebird Society (VBS) is an affiliate of the North American Bluebird Society (NABS) and is a Chapter of the Virginia Society of Ornithology (VSO). It was founded in 1999 to promote bluebirds and other native cavity nesters in Virginia. The Virginia Bluebird Society offers grants for new or refurbished bluebird trails on public lands, for Youth and Scouts groups, and other non-profit/charity organizations interested in installing and monitoring nestboxes. For more information on the joys of bluebirding, installing a nestbox or a monitored bluebird trail, sponsoring a nestbox for the VBS, or VBS grants, contact Christine through her website/blog: http://woolwinehousebluebirdtrail.com or call Christine at (276) 930-9963 or refer to the VBS website: http://www.virginiabluebirds.org

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