Seminar will offer tips on attracting bluebirds

  • Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013 10:32 p.m.
    UPDATED: Friday, February 1, 2013 7:14 a.m.
Aiken Standard FILE PHOTO
A bluebird sits upon at tree at Ford Conger Field last spring.
Aiken Standard FILE PHOTO A bluebird sits upon at tree at Ford Conger Field last spring.

 
 
Bluebirds are starting to house hunt and a local downtown business is holding a seminar to offer tips on how to get them to choose your yard as their home.

Birds & Butterflies presents “How to Attract and Enjoy Eastern Bluebirds and Other Cavity Nesters” on Tuesday evening.

Store owner Ron Brenneman said that bluebirds have began looking for places to nest. Tuesday's seminar will discuss what's considered a good bluebird box as well as how to mount and monitor them.

The seminar will also cover the biology of the bluebird and go through the process starting from when a nest is built to when the babies fledge.

The South Carolina Bluebird Society will be at the seminar with more information as well as literature available to anyone who wants to learn more about this bird. The organization was established in Aiken in the fall of 2010 and has installed and monitored more than 400 bluebird nest boxes on 41 bluebird nest box trails, according to its website.

Brenneman said that the first bluebird nests should appear in late February or early March.

The seminar will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Birds & Butterflies located at 117 Laurens St. N.W.

Reservations are required since space is limited, and there's a $5 non-refundable charge. Attendees 16 and younger are admitted free.

Some of the proceeds from the seminar series are donated to various nonprofit groups like the Silver Bluff Audubon Center and Sanctuary, the South Carolina Bluebird Society and Carolina Wildlife Care.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 649-7999.

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