TP_4822 Proposed Trail for Eastern Bluebird Nesting and Monitoring in Haliburton, Ontario

Title

TP_4822 Proposed Trail for Eastern Bluebird Nesting and Monitoring in Haliburton, Ontario

Author

Anna Robbins

Subject

The Haliburton Highlands Field Naturalists (HHFN) requested recommendations
on constructing an eastern bluebird nesting and monitoring trail along Gelert Road from
Haliburton to Minden Hills, Ontario. Gelert Road has 39 potential site locations that
would be ideal to place nesting boxes on, located in grassland, farmland and wellmaintained
private yards. The sites are placed along private land and once approved,
would be accessible to volunteers monitoring the nesting boxes. The boxes should be
easy and economical to build and mount. They should have a 3.81cm entrance hole
with grooves on the outside of the box to allow the fledglings to leave the nest. The
boxes should be placed at least 92 m apart, facing southeast in open areas with little
ground cover. They should be numbered and monitored approximately every 4-5 days
during egg laying, incubating and nesting periods. Monitoring should be completed from
a distance once the fledglings are 12-13 days old in order to prevent them from leaving
the nest prematurely. Detailed monitoring records should be kept and filed through
HHFN. To increase feasibility of this trail, high school students, community members
and HHFN members can come together to speak with landowners, build, place and
monitor nesting boxes.

Files

Reference

Anna Robbins, TP_4822 Proposed Trail for Eastern Bluebird Nesting and Monitoring in Haliburton, Ontario