INTRODUCTION TO BLUEBIRD MONITORING

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 10:25pm
Have you ever wondered what goes on inside a birdhouse? Have you seen Bluebird boxes in County Parks? 
Would you like to set up a Bluebird box in your own yard, but are unsure of how to get started? Montgomery 
County Volunteer Bluebird Monitors are waiting to show off their Bluebird Trails. All Trails are in 
Montgomery County. Each Trail offers a unique habitat where interested individuals or families can accompany 
a Bluebird Monitor on a visit to their Trail. Monitors visit their nest boxes once a week, opening each box to 
check on the kind of bird using the box, number of eggs laid and how many baby birds grow up and leave the 
nest. Discover the combined joys of being outdoors, helping native birds and watching other wildlife. This 
opportunity is suitable for students and/or families. All participants must register with the M-NCPPC 
Montgomery Parks Department Volunteer website shown below. Montgomery County students will earn 
Service Learning hours. Visitors are welcome to come one time, or to follow a full cycle with the Monitor from 
nest building to fledging of baby birds. Bluebird boxes are monitored from late March to early September. See 
individual Bluebird Trail descriptions for specific details. All participants will need to bring sunscreen, a hat, 
bottled water & insect repellent. Don’t forget your camera! 
 
Seneca Creek Greenway Trail: 11 boxes, 2 hours This set of Bluebird Boxes is for the rugged individual 
who can cross short sections of woods and fields on deer paths. Total hiking will cover about half a mile on 
natural surface trail, mowed fields and unmarked woods. 
 
Model Airplane Park: 7 boxes, 1 ½ hours These boxes are along the driveway leading to the Model Airplane 
Park near South Germantown Recreational Park. Access to the boxes requires walking through tall grass. Most 
boxes are within 20 feet of the road, but two are about 100 feet in. 
 
Little Bennett Regional Park Golf Course: 6 boxes, 1 hour These boxes are easily accessible, truly a "walk 
in the park," only in this case on the golf course. These boxes are checked on Monday morning. 
 
Register here, mentioning Student Bluebird Monitoring as the reason for registering: 
 
Bluebird Monitors Volunteer Description here
 
Click the link here for more information about each trail.