RESTORING BLUEBIRDS IN WISCONSIN FOR OVER 30 YEARS
The Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin (BRAW) celebrates its 31st year of success in restoring the populations of the Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) in the State of Wisconsin. Organized and started by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Recourses to recover the alarming diminishing numbers of bluebirds in Wisconsin, BRAW’s trail monitors maintain nesting boxes for the Eastern Bluebird, as well as other native cavity nesters that utilize nesting boxes.
Every week during the nesting season dedicated BRAW volunteers check on their bluebird trail boxes. Monitors may have nesting box trails consisting from 1 to over 100 nesting boxes. The monitoring chores includes repairing boxes and preventing predators in destroying bluebird nesting attempts. Monitors also work to optimizing nesting box placement. BRAW has about 450 monitors and these dedicated people monitor over 9 000 nesting boxes throughout the state of Wisconsin. Last year (2016) our organization fledged nearly 27 000 young bluebirds.
Nest box predators include raccoons, snakes, cats, and humans, but the worst predator is the non-native House Sparrow. Houses sparrows are an invasive species that remains an aggressive predator on all cavity-nesting birds. This imported bird frequently disrupts cavity nesting attempts by native birds and is principally responsible for the decline in population numbers. BRAW monitors have methods to keep invasive species at bay, but it takes a large concerted effort. House sparrows are not protected by any law.
Supporting of our efforts is always appreciated and more information on all aspects of our work at our web site: http://www.braw.org. Interested parties wishing to start or monitor a trail should seek the BRAW coordinator for their county and this information is located on our web site.
“If you see bluebirds, you can thank this BRAW!”
Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin
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