October 25, 2011
Lumber Available for Groups to Build Bluebird Boxes
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Wildlife Division is once again offering 50 bundles of rough-cut lumber to groups, free-of-charge, for building bluebird nest boxes. For nearly three decades, the nest boxes created through this annual program have helped in the restoration of the eastern bluebird population in Connecticut. Any organized group is eligible to participate. However, youth groups have been particularly successful with this program throughout the years and, as a result, many children have developed a strong appreciation for wildlife.
The lumber can be reserved on a “first come, first serve” basis beginning November 1, 2011. Requesters must provide the following information: name, group name, mailing address, daytime phone number, e-mail address (if available), and number of bundles requested (each bundle of wood yields approximately 15-20 nest boxes). For more information about the program or to reserve lumber for your group, call Wildlife Division avian researcher Geoffrey Krukar at 860-675-8130 (Mon.-Fri., 8:30AM-4:00 PM) or send an e-mail to Geoffrey.Krukar@ct.gov
. Only one request per group will be accepted. Participants will be mailed information packets which contain box designs and instructions, directions to a pick up location, and claim tickets.
- The lumber consists of planks, and all groups will be responsible for cutting the wood to the proper dimensions. Hardware for construction of the boxes is not provided.
- When notified, groups will be responsible for picking up their wood at either the Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area, located at 341 Milford Street (Route 69) in Burlington, or at DEEP Eastern District Headquarters, located at 209 Hebron Road (Route 66) in Marlborough.
- Participating groups are expected to construct, erect, and monitor bluebird boxes throughout the entire nesting season (March-July) and then report box usage to the Wildlife Division.
Although lumber is only available for groups, individuals interested in aiding Connecticut’s bluebird population may obtain an eastern bluebird fact sheet by visiting the Wildlife Publications section of the DEEP Web site (www.ct.gov/deep/wildlife