Science on the Land
Taking a closer look at bluebird boxes at
Have you ever wondered who lives in the bird boxes along several trails at Lynch Canyon? The boxes were built for Western bluebirds and installed by Boy Scouts and other volunteers, but regular monitoring and maintenance of the boxes had never been done, so Solano Land Trust engaged sixteen citizen scientists to answer that question for us.
A bluebird brings a cricket home for dinner.
Photo: Michael Gene Stewart
To launch a bluebird monitoring program at Lynch Canyon, long-time volunteer and project leader Earl Swenerton started with his own observations and knowledge. He and his monitoring team counted twenty-three Western bluebirds, six house wrens, and fifteen tree swallows that fledged from the boxes in the 2014 season.
Want to learn more or join the monitoring program? Earl will lead training sessions for new volunteers in February 2015. As part of our regular Citizen Science Friday programs, we will be cleaning boxes and erecting new ones. Solano Land Trust is seeking citizen scientists (and a leader) to monitor new bluebird boxes installed at Rush Ranch, and woodworkers to help build and repair boxes.
Please contact Sue Wickham, Solano Land Trust Project Manager, at (707) 432-0150, ext. 207 or email@example.com for more information.