Who Are We?
The Clarence Bluebird Trail is a volunteer effort to further Bluebird conservation by installing nesting boxes and then monitoring them. We have strategically placed 16 nesting boxes at four different locations in Clarence and Clarence Center, New York. Once in place, we monitor the boxes weekly during the nesting season to ensure the best chance for Bluebirds.
The trail originally started as an idea to place bluebird nesting boxes along the bike paths in Clarence.
Not all areas along the bike path are ideal habitat for bluebirds, so we expanded to other more appropriate sites in our community.
Our volunteers observe the nest boxes and collect data on the occupants or perform general maintenance on a weekly basis. The collected data is then entered online at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology NestWatch site. Here we can keep track of the status of each nest box.
What is NestWatch?
NestWatch is a nationwide monitoring program designed to track status and trends in the reproductive biology of birds, including when nesting occurs, the number of eggs laid, how many eggs hatch, and how many hatchlings survive.
Their database is intended to be used to study the current condition of breeding bird populations and how they may be changing over time as a result of climate change, habitat degradation and loss, expansion of urban areas, and the introduction of non-native plants and animals.
You can find out more about them at www.nestwatch.org.