How to Monitor a Bluebird Trail
BRYBC has developed several teaching aids to assist in the weekly monitoring of the trails which can be accessed through the links provided below. However, first review some of the key points to remember before you head out to monitor.
- We are monitoring trails in both the Piedmont and Shenandoah Valley. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to be help with the monitoring.
- Please check with your team leader for any specific instructions before you begin to open the nest boxes, as it is extremely important that opening of the boxes does not cause premature fledging of the nestlings.
- Remember you screw driver, gloves, mask for cleaning boxes, data collection sheet and trail guide.
- On your assigned weekend, boxes can be monitored on either a Saturday, Sunday or Monday. It is important that you let your trail supervisor know in advance if you are unable to monitor when you are scheduled. It is important that the data is collected each week so that an accurate age assessment can be made of the chicks which determines which boxes can be opened on the following weekend.
- Be sure to report any predator or other box related problems to trail coordinator Gabriel Mapel. email@example.com 540-363-5035
- Promptly send a copy of your data sheet with summary notes to the trail supervisor:
- Have fun discovering the miracle of the Bluebird nesting cycle!
This is the powerpoint presentation by club president Gabriel Mapel at the BRYBC February 2014 meeting educating members about Bluebird Trail monitoring. Gabriel Mapel served as the 2015 trail coordinator for both the Piedmont and Valley Trail.. This powerpoint presentation is also available as a downloadable pdf file.
In 2013 BRYBC adult coordinator Mary Mapel created a Bluebird Trail Monitoring Manual available available to download. While some of the location and supervision information in this manual is outdated, the details of how to monitor remain accurate. We encourage you to take this manual with you when you monitor the trail as it contains instructions, photographs to assist you in nest identification, aging of chicks, as well as monitoring forms to record your data. **Please note a correction to the manual: The Shenandoah Valley trail has relocated from the Frontier Culture Museum to private property. Valley trail monitors will be given location when they sign up for trial monitoring.