Bluebird Society To Sponsor Workshop

The New York State Bluebird Society will sponsor a bluebird workshop in Western New York at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute.

The workshop is free and open to the public. There will be two presentations. The first is a power point program “Bluebirds – and More” by John Ruska , past president of the New York State Bluebird Society. It includes the life history of the Eastern Bluebird, other birds that nest in bluebird boxes, nest box management and more. Ruska and his wife, Beverly, have maintained the Chautauqua County U.S. 20 bluebird trail for 19 years and are now monitoring a purple martin site for the DEC in Dunkirk His presentation will include items for both novice and experienced bluebirders.

There will also be an opportunity to view more than 50 artworks by Roger Tory Peterson which have never been on exhibit before. The art and the technique used by Perterson will be described by Beverly Ruska.

Other items on the agenda will include a display and discussion on various types of nest boxes and an opportunity to ask bluebird and purple martin questions to a panel of experienced bluebirders.

Refreshments will be served. A bonus to those who sign up for a three year membership to the society for $25 will be a free nest box and a free bird feeder. With a one year membership for $10, members will receive a free bird feeder while the supply last. Displays and free literature will also be available.