Bluebird Workshop Set For March 17 In Fredonia

The New York State Bluebird Society and the Lake Erie Bird Club will co-sponsor a Bluebird Workshop in Western New York on Monday, March 17.

This workshop is free and the public is invited. It will be held at the BOCES North Center in Fredonia. This meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature two presentations.

The workshop will feature two programs about cavity nesters. The first is a powerpoint program about purple martins. The second program is “Bluebirds – and More.” Both programs are 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. John and his wife, Beverly have maintained the Chautauqua County US 20 bluebird trail for 21 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.

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

Refreshments will be served. A bonus to those who sign up for a 3-year membership to the society ($25) will be a free bluebird nest box. With a one- year membership ($10) you will receive a free bird feeder. These offers are while supplies of boxes and feeders last. Displays and free literature will also be available.

Questions about the meeting can be addressed by contacting John Ruska at 679-9676 or emailing