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Jacksonville’s Bluebirds Get New Homes

posted on September 3, 2014 in Northeast Florida,Wildlife

The team at Bacardi.Over the last 60 years, bluebird populations have steadily declined for a number of reasons including a lack of natural cavities in trees and snags and increased competition for nesting sites and food from non-native bird species. Nest boxes are an easy way to help bluebirds increase their population numbers.  Nest boxes are specifically designed to create an appropriate sized nest cavity for bluebirds, and when positioned and maintained properly, bluebirds will readily use them and fledge numerous chicks throughout the summer.

Native grassesAs part of its biodiversity program, Bacardi Bottling Corporation in Jacksonville, Florida, has restored five acres of native warm season grasses on its property, and installed a dozen bluebird nest boxes within the restoration area.  Audubon Florida staff recently joined Sally Cannon, Eric Hearn, Jen Lishen and Denise Guillet of Bacardi during their weekly Nest Watch to monitor their bluebird boxes.  Some of the nest boxes were empty, but many had the beginnings of nests or nests with eggs.  There was also an abundance of grasshoppers and other insects, otherwise known as bluebird food, living amongst the newly restored grassland.

Bluebird eggs in a box.Audubon Florida is happy to see many corporations creating environmental stewardship and sustainability policies in their corporate strategies.  Strategies including energy and water savings and land restoration are simple ways for corporations to generate a softer impact on the environment they depend upon.  We encourage you to learn more about the environmental policies of the corporations you frequent – what you learn may surprise you.

5 Comments

  1. Where can I purchase the bluebird nest boxes?

    Comment by Sandi Sites — September 4, 2014 @ 9:25 am

  2. To Sandi Sites:
    Bluebird nest boxes are sold at your local bird store such as Wildbirds Unlimited, or at your local hardware store such as Lowes or Home Depot. You can also build them yourself and can find plans online if you google “bluebird nest box”.

    Comment by Stefanie Nagid — September 4, 2014 @ 10:33 am

  3. I ‘d like to participate with the bluebird boxes

    Comment by Susan Arnold — September 4, 2014 @ 11:00 am

  4. I would like to help with bluebird boxes.

    Comment by Theresa Radcliff — September 5, 2014 @ 5:10 am

  5. To Susan Arnold and Theresa Radcliff:

    That’s great! I can talk to you more about how you can help bluebirds. Please email me at snagid@audubon.org with your phone number and I’ll be happy to call you and chat more about nest boxes.

    Comment by Stefanie Nagid — September 15, 2014 @ 9:03 am

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