MALE WESTERN BLUEBIRD | KATHY FINHOLM
2020 is a year that most of us won’t forget. In a time of uncertainty and turmoil, however, there are lessons of resilience and nature’s imperviousness to the trials plaguing humanity.
Case in point: the Western bluebirds of San Juan Island, once extirpated, and now again regaining a tenuous toehold here in their historic northern breeding grounds. We’d like to share a few of the highlights of this year’s field activity…
- 30 adults were confirmed on SJI (this index number has increased since 2018, the first season after translocations ceased, when there were 23 adults counted).
- 15 breeding territories were established (up from 13 territories at end of 2018).
- 69 nestlings were banded (this number is holding about even).