Bluebird Trail Monitoring 2020
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. 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.
The Biocore Prairie Bluebird Trail consists of 8 Bluebird Boxes, mounted on predator resistant steel poles around the Biocore Prairie. The boxes are located near walking paths as shown on the map. A Citizen Science team of 5 members of the Friends maintains the trail and monitors the boxes weekly. Data are tabulated below, with the most recent week at the top. The annual summary is submitted to BRAW.
April 7. – Paul Noeldner provided and installed two new boxes and posts at BB14 and BB15. This new design — skylites and predator guards — should keep House sparrows away. Paul reported Bluebirds singing near BB14 and BB15. Tree swallows were near BB16.
April 3. – Jeff Koziol reporteds that one pair of Bluebirds has completed building a nest. Two other nests have been started. Way to go for a good season.
Statistics of the past 2019 Biocore Bluebird Trail season:
8 Eastern Bluebirds fledged
14 Eastern Bluebird eggs
16 Tree Swallows fledged
5 House Wren fledged
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. The trail was established by the Friends in 2014. Below, click on earlier years of monitoring results.
Bluebird trail monitoring sheet 2020
Bluebird trail monitoring schedule 2020
Bluebird Trail data
The Madison Bluebird Trails are an ongoing Madison Bird City Partners initiative. Trails and boxes are located, installed and monitored weekly using recommendations and protocols established by BRAW, the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin (braw.org). Annual summary report data is submitted to BRAW and to the Lakeshore Nature Preserve to document success and continually improve practices. Reports also go to the eBird database at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for scientific analysis and application.
BRAW Information, Preserve Edition
Primary Monitor: Jeff Koziol
Monitors: Pam Fornell, Gisela Kutzbach, Genevieve Murtaugh, Laura Berger, Maggi Christianson
Box Maintenance: Paul Noeldner