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Bluebird workshop planned for Boston

BOSTON — The New York State Bluebird Society will sponsor a bluebird workshop on March 22. The workshop is free and the public is invited to attend. To pre-register, call David Hofer at 592-5735.

The workshop will be held at the Boston Town Hall, located at 8500 Boston State Road. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. and will feature a presentation by Rich Wells, past president of the Bluebird Society and a lifetime director. He is a lifelong resident of Springville.

Wells’ slide presentation includes details on the proper construction of a bluebird nest box, hints on proper location and mounting details for nest boxes, monitoring procedures and timing of visits to the nest box, throughout the nesting season, and a review of some of the common problems encountered throughout the season, as well as some remedies for those problems. The presentation includes the life history of the eastern bluebird, nest box management, other birds that nest in bluebird boxes and more. The focus is on bluebirds.

Wells had maintained an extensive trail of bluebird nest boxes in Western New York for decades and had fledged more than 5,000 eastern bluebirds in the boxes he personally monitors.

He started building bluebird nest boxes in 1981 and installed them in areas surrounding the town. His bluebird trail expanded over the years to 80 boxes and his current trail extends from Sardinia-East Otto. In addition, he has a master bander license and has banded more than 7,000 bluebirds since 1987.

Anyone signing up for a three-year membership will receive a free bluebird nest box and bird feeder, while supplies last. Displays and free literature will be available. Refreshments will be served.

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