By Tim Kowols
Nest boxes like those made by guests and volunteers at The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor are leading a comeback for the Eastern bluebird. The small birds often call cavities found in wooden fence posts and trees home, but some of those hard-to-find places are disappearing and subject to more competition from other birds. Ridges Sanctuary volunteer Ed Miller works with famed naturalist Charlotte Lukes on the project and says some more traditional birdhouses may be too large for the Eastern bluebird.
Miller advises nest box owners to check on them every six to eight days to monitor the activity of the birds taking up residence. You can make your own nest box at a special workshop this Saturday at The Ridges Sanctuary.