Ray Welch, President of the North Carolina Bluebird Society, from Winston-Salem and local Bluebird Coordinator, Carol Reid of Brasstown, taught the lessons on Bluebird monitoring and conservation. The North Carolina Bluebird Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the future of the Eastern Bluebird and other cavity-nesting birds native to North Carolina.
The Eastern Bluebird was once one of North Carolina’s most common songbirds. Man’s activities and several severe winters resulted in our bluebird population declining. By 1979 Bluebirds were declared rare and uncommon due to lost nest sites, chemicals, and non-native bird competition.
“The return of the Bluebird of Happiness would touch the hearts of those hurt from that tragic day on September 11, 2001,” said Reid. “When we help these gentle creatures by providing a safe, clean environment, we create a ripple effect known as The Bluebird Effect. The good we create by providing them with small nest boxes is repeated with our acts of kindness in other human interactions.”
By using simple monitoring techniques, the bluebirds have made a comeback. “This is a wonderful educational experience to observe the life cycle of these gentle, beautiful birds,” said Reid. Additional information on bluebirds can be found at www.ncbluebird.org or at Hill Gallery and Working Studios, 139 Emily Lane, Brasstown, NC at the local coordinator’s office. Contact Carol Reid at 828-361-6580.