Tree Swallow Nest Box Launch with the Blomidon Naturalists

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Date/Time

Saturday, September 13, 2014
8:45 am - 12:00 pm

Description

The AVYNC, & the Berwick chapter, will be accompanying naturalists from the Blomidon Naturalists Society to assemble nest boxes for tree swallows (all materials & tools will be provided). Once constructed, we will take them to the Miner’s Marsh & hang them in ideal spots. This is the begininng of a long-term project to provide nesting sites & for observation & study of tree swallow behaviour (e.g., arrival times in the spring, pairing & nesting success, feeding rates of nestlings).

“Handsome aerialists with deep-blue iridescent backs and clean white fronts, Tree Swallows are a familiar sight in summer fields and wetlands across northern North America. They chase after flying insects with acrobatic twists and turns, their steely blue-green feathers flashing in the sunlight. Tree Swallows nest in tree cavities; they also readily take up residence in nest boxes. This habit has allowed scientists to study their breeding biology in detail, and makes them a great addition to many a homeowner’s yard or field.”

for more information, please visit the Cornell lab of Ornithology

Please be sure to read the following directions:

We will be assembling the boxes with Ed Sulis at his workshop at 107 Canaan Ave, Kentville, 9am. We will then travel to nearby Miner’s Marsh to install the boxes.

So, to facilitate for cars/parking, we will meet at the Miner’s Marsh (behind the Courthouse in Kentville), then walk together to the workshop (~ about a 10min walk).  Please be there at 8:45am to sign in & walk up the workshop. Alternatively, you can just meet us at the workshop any time after 9am (107 Canaan Ave.).

There are a limited number of spaces, so please register with me, Deann, preferably by Wednesday, September 10th. E-mail (dnmcln@ecologyfund.net) if you have any questions. Remember to wear appropriate clothing for the weather & comfortable footwear. Please bring a bottle of water & perhaps a snack.

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Miner's Marsh Kentville

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