Bluebirds, Tree Swallows and House Wrens--Oh My!

McKinney Middle School 7th graders and community volunteers check for activity at Agraria’s bluebird boxes.

McKinney Middle School 7th graders and community volunteers check for activity at Agraria’s bluebird boxes.

We are honored and delighted to be a new site for Operation Bluebird this year. This outdoor education program fosters greater understanding of native cavity nesters with local school districts and community partners. Co-founders Bethany Gray and Kate Anderson launched the program three years ago as a partnership between Tecumseh Land Trust (TLT), Yellow Springs Schools, and Xarifa Farm. Since farmland makes a terrific bluebird habitat, and since we frequently partner with TLT, Agraria is a perfect site for the expansion of Operation Bluebird. Many thanks to our sponsor, the Ohio Environmental Education Fund. During the six visits by McKinney Middle School 7th graders, the students have observed two active eastern bluebird nests; this week brought the first hatchlings to Agraria! And that's not all--Agraria Sustainable Land Manager and Naturalist Gabby Amrhein reported that "as of right now we not only have 2 bluebird nests, we also have several other species nesting this year, and we observed 39 species of birds during monitoring; as of today Agraria is a stopover point and/or home to more than 100 bird species!"