Monitoring bluebird boxes is just about the most fun I have ever had birding. From the sheer joy and beauty of seeing a bright blue Mountain Bluebird, to keeping my eyes open for a Black-throated Gray Warbler, to even discovering a flying-squirrel nest inside a bluebird box! You get a little bit of everything, not the least of which is a deeper connection with the land around us.
What makes bluebirds so attractive and appealing? In a new half-hour documentary entitled Bluebird Man, I attempt to explore the benefits of monitoring a bluebird trail, and why this is so critically important to maintaining our connection with nature.
Most bluebird enthusiasts are birders, but some are in it purely for the blue. This is a testament to how powerful a symbol bluebirds can be in representing the other 84 cavity nesting bird species that reside in North America. By carefully placing nest boxes out for bluebirds in response to mid-20th century population declines, we have inadvertently created additional nesting habitat for a whole slew of other creatures!
By telling Al Larson’s story in my new film Bluebird Man (view trailer here), we can help inspire the next generation to feel the same passion that we have all felt for cavity nesting birds. By visiting our Kickstarter page, you can help ensure the stability of future bluebird generations by helping to inspire others to carry the torch passed to us by dedicated people like Mr. Larson.