185 East Flat Hill Rd., Southbury, CT 06488. Phone: 203-264-5098.
Jewels of Blue: Eastern Bluebird Management--When: Thursday, 4/17, 7 PM--Location: Historic Barn at Bent of the River Audubon Center. Cost: $3 for Members, $5 for Non-members. It has been estimated that the Eastern Bluebird population has decreased 90% since the mid 1800's due to the introduction of the starling and house sparrow from Europe. These species are more aggressive than the bluebird and will kill both adults and eggs to take over the nesting location. However, since the late 1960's, populations have been recovering due in large part to the popularity of constructing bluebird nest boxes designed to keep starlings out and educating the public about how to deal with house sparrows. Bent of the River land manager, Jim Drennan, will lead a discussion on how best to attract, care for, and manage your bluebirds, and relate the challenges Audubon faces caring for their 25 Bluebird nest boxes. If time permits, we will walk out into the meadow to observe bluebird habitat. Registration is required. Please email Jim Drennan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (203)264-5098 ext. 303.