Breeding Bird Studies
Early Studies of Birds
Bluebirds suffered major population declines with loss of native forests. These losses have been reversed with the help of Bluebird Restoration of Wisconsin (BRAW). The organization developed successful Bluebird box designs, locations, and predator control. These Bluebird boxes have benefited Wisconsin’s Eastern Bluebird population and given enjoyment to thousands of people. Although Bluebirds are the target bird for these boxes, other cavity nesting song birds in the Biocore Prairie also benefit from them, including Tree Swallows, House Wrens, Black-capped Chickadees.
Bluebird Trail Monitoring 2017
BB- Eastern Bluebird, TS- Tree Swallow, HW- House Wren, HS- House Sparrow, BC- Black-capped Chickadee
Bluebird Trail 2017 -
BB box numbers not listed in the weekly surveys had empty boxes.
This week, two successful Bluebird nests.
First successful nest of Bluebirds this season- BB #10. The appearance of dead TS during each weekly box check raises concern of a disease affecting TS.
On April 17, a Bluebird pair were sitting together on the roof of BB13. BB14 was taken over by House Sparrows.
Biocore Prairie Bluebird Trail 2017 consists of 15 Bluebird Boxes mounted on predator resistant steel poles around the Biocare Prairie and through the Community Gardens. The boxes are located near walking paths as shown on the map. They are easy to monitor and maintain.
The BRAW design Bluebird boxes are luxury boxes, considering that the cedar wood used for building them is more than 100 years old and from the attic floor of a Wisconsin home.
2017 Bluebird trail (pdf) Monitor field report sheet
2017 Bluebird trail field report sheet (WORD file)
2017 Bluebird Trail Monitor schedule