Story by Mary Miller
TAS Bluebird Trail Coordinator
Photo by Sherry Keller
Volunteer Bluebird Monitor
The 2023 Bluebird Nesting Season is underway at the six parks monitored by Tampa Audubon Society (TAS) members -- Balm-Boyette Scrub Nature Preserve, Flatwoods Park, Hunter’s Green Park, Lake Park, Lettuce Lake Park, and Sargeant’s Park. All total, those trails have 210 Bluebird Boxes.
Monitors check the boxes weekly during nesting season (March 1 – August 15), and are frequently stopped by park visitors asking what those boxes are for and why we are checking them. Mary people think the boxes are bird feeders and a lot of people don’t know what a bluebird looks like. So TAS member Irwin Schuster designed a sticker that answered some of those questions. The sticker has a picture of two Eastern Bluebirds, and it explains what the box is for—Bluebird Nesting Box—with a reminder to interested parties -- Do Not Disturb. Below says “A project of the Tampa Audubon Society” and the website.
So if you are visiting one of our BB Trails, notice the stickers we’ve attached to each predator guard. We think they give valuable information about the bluebirds and caution people to leave the birds alone.