Environment Education - Nestbox Caretaker
Volunteers are assigned a bluebird trail consisting of 7 to 10 nest boxes, which need to be checked at least once a week and preferably twice a week. On each check, the volunteer records data about the nest box, such as number of eggs or nestlings. Simple maintenance tasks are also sometimes done at the nest box, such as cleaning. Bluebird trails are checked from mid-March to mid-August.
Some trails may be shared between two volunteers if time constraints do not allow one volunteer to commit enough time.
An expertise in birds or bird identification is not necessary. Some trails cross rough terrain and volunteers should be able to negotiate the trails on foot. Attention to detail and dedication to visiting your trail with enough frequency are the most important requirements. Because volunteers will be onsite unsupervised, volunteers must be 18 years old.