And that's a wrap on the 2023 Western Bluebird field season!
With your help, the San Juan Preservation Trust continued to support the Western Bluebird population on San Juan Island.
The seventeenth(!!!) year of the San Juan Islands Western Bluebird Project was busy as ever, with a few notable narratives happening over the course of the year. Now at the end of the 2023 field season, we've published a blog post to recap what we found, complete with statistics that include a recent successful translocation effort.
Visit this link (sjpt.org/2023-bluebird-field-season-wrap-up/) to see what happened this past nesting season. You don't want to miss the exciting news!
Lastly, we could use some extra help with cleaning nest boxes this year, so please let us know if you can support us!
If you know someone who wants to be involved in the project, please have them contact our Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Jack Russillo (firstname.lastname@example.org). We always need volunteers, especially in the early spring when the birds start arriving (usually by late February or early March). We always want folks who can help check and clean our nest boxes, and also monitor for bluebirds.
How about a go-to group of folks that you hike with?
This photo is from a community walk that took place at the Beecher Preserve on Lopez Island this summer and it looked like a blast!
What a fun group of people in such a beautiful place. Let us know if you have any similar outings for yourself, or if there's anything we can do to help make an effort like this happen for you at some point in the future. We'd be happy to help coordinate a community walkabout sometime!
We love helping connect people to other people, and people to nature.
We invite you to volunteer alongside San Juan County Conservation Land Bank and San Juan Preservation Trust staff at the Turtleback Mountain Preserve.
In two weeks, there will be the first of a collaborative event, First Friday Fieldwork, where tasks will differ between outings but may include planting Garry oak acorns and native wildflowers, invasive plant control, and performing trail maintenance.
This event is co-sponsored by the Land Bank, which owns and manages the preserve, and SJPT, which owns a conservation easement on the property and supports stewardship activities through its stewardship endowment and events like these.
Both organization, which are crucial in their own ways to protecting land in the islands, hope you can make it!
Date: Friday, October 6, 2023
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm
Where: Turtleback Mountain Preserve, meet at the parking area of the south trailhead of the Turtleback Mountain Preserve
Bring: Weather-appropriate clothing and footwear, work gloves, water
Questions or want to RSVP? Email Tanja Williamson (email@example.com), San Juan County Conservation Land Bank Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator