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Local Bird Expert to Visit Hobbs State Park to Enlighten Community on Cavity Nesters

13 Mar 2018 2:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

They don’t make open-in-the-tree type nests, and they don’t use platforms.  They don’t lay their eggs on rock ledges like vultures.  They’re “Cavity Nesters”.

Rick Jones, avid birder and bluebird nest box monitor, will offer his experience and advice on the joys and responsibilities of being a successful “landlord” for the cavity-nesting birds in your neighborhood.

As Rick puts it, “Some birds nest in tree cavities formed by decayed wood or that have been excavated by woodpeckers.  These “Cavity-Nesters” have adapted their breeding, egg brooding, and fledging schedules to take full advantage of cavity life; however, natural cavities are becoming harder to find as humans alter wooded habitats.”

Jones will answer the questions:  What materials and nest box features will attract these birds to my property?  Where and how should the nest boxes be placed?  How can I increase the odds that multiple broods of nestlings will survive to fledge the nest?  What can be done with the boxes during the winter months?

You need a plan.  Remember that birds, like humans, search for a nice place to raise their families.  Join Rick Jones as he explains how to make the best bird-friendly yard for cavity nesters.

When:  Sunday March 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Where:  Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the                   Hwy. 12/War Eagle Road intersection

Cost:  Free – The public is invited

For more information, call:  479-789-5000

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