Bennett, Bluebirds, and Boy Scouts

03-31-17 0 By: Alicia Benner

Larry Bennett, volunteer at Beaver Creek Reserve, has collaborated with Bluebird Restoration for the past eleven years. During this time he has been instrumental by preparing and assisting Boy Scouts with the creation of over 200 Bennett Bluebird Boxes to be used on bluebird nest box trails. We celebrate Bennett’s legacy with Bluebird Experience and cherish every one of his handmade bluebird boxes and kits.  

This Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. Eagle Scout Candidate, Andrew Schlitz of Boy Scout Troop 31, will be building Bennett Bluebird Boxes with the Bluebird Experience Team and Mr. Bennett. Immediately following the building of the boxes, Schlitz will be installing the bluebird nest box trail at Forest Hill Cemetery at 4:00 P.M.

Mr. Bennett teaching Eagle Scout Candidate, Andrew Schlitz, how to construct a Bennett Bluebird Box.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schlitz and the Bluebird Experience Team will monitor the nest box trail weekly April-September in order to collect data on the nesting habits of the bluebirds and predator activity for Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s NestWatch.

The Location of the Bluebird Nest Box Trail at Forest Hill Cemetery in Eastside Hill neighborhood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This nesting season, Schlitz and the Bluebird Experience Team will teach Eastside Hill neighbors how to monitor the trail and enter data online at NestWatch.org. You too can witness bluebirds returning, building nests, and raising young. We hope community members will take pride in this bluebird nest box trail and be involved for years to come.

Community training days for monitoring is yet to be determined. We will notify community members of these times via the Eastside Hill community Facebook page, but if you see us monitoring at Forest Hill Cemetery at anytime feel free to join us!

This Sunday, April 2 at 4:00 P.M. join us at the Forest Hill Cemetery  to witness and celebrate the installation of this bluebird nest box trail.

To learn more about Bennett Bluebird Boxes or to purchase them go to https://www.beavercreekreserve.org/bluebird-restoration/project/.

Collaboration Team:  

Larry Bennett – Beaver Creek Reserve.

Andrew Schlitz – Eagle Scout Candidate, Boy Scouts of America Troop 31.

Nick Shoemaker – Boy Scout Council, Troop 31.

Jay Ciulla –  Scoutmaster Troop 31.

Mark Ruddy – Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association.

Todd Chwala – Eau Claire Parks, Forestry and Cemetery.

Sexton Steve Hesselberg – Forest Hill Cemetery.

Dr. Robin Bailey – Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s NestWatch.

Shelly Sutley – Bluebird Experience and Team (Krista Lambrecht, Andrew Truman, Ian Walker, Breanna Cook, Alicia Benner, Sam Plasch, Kayla Burger, and Nate Oster).

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