Please come and join Dr. Kent Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. to learn more about attracting bluebirds and other songbirds to your yard.
The session is held in Room UC114 at University Center. Come to the main entrance at UW-Fond du Lac located at 400 University Drive, Fond du Lac. There will be signs directing you from the entrance. This is a free and open to the public program for anyone who has an interest. Scout groups or other interested groups will benefit from this too.
Dr. Kent Hall, aka Dr. Bluebird, will show us colorful photographs of the different nest box species. We will learn about nest box styles that attract bluebirds, tree swallows, chickadees and wrens, and where and how to place them for success in our own yards.
Dr. Kent Hall is vice president and coordinator of data collection and analysis for the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin. Under his direction, Wisconsin has led the nation for bluebird production from artificial nest boxes for five consecutive years.
In addition, he has coordinated the Aldo Leopold Audubon Bluebird Trail (ABT) for the past 10 years. It has been the largest and most productive bluebird trail in Wisconsin (which now has 1,300 nest boxes, with 63 people monitoring in six counties) and has produced about 38,000 songbirds during this time, 30,000 of which were bluebirds. The ABT was selected as the outstanding bluebird trail in North America by the North American Bluebird Society in 2006.
Kent will be bringing bluebird boxes and information to hand out from the Bluebird Restoration Association of WI (BRAW). "It is a real treat to have Kent Hall in Fond du Lac to give advice on attracting bluebirds and other songbirds to nest in our yards," says Bill Volkert, retired wildlife/naturalist from Horicon Marsh DNR, "by relying on improved organization and bluebird producing techniques, BRAW has been the top in the country for bluebird production and has led the nation every year since."
We hope that you will join us for another great program sponsored by the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum Friends. None of these programs would be possible without the generous help from Consultant's Lab of Agnesian Healthcare, Fond du Lac County Master Gardeners, Grande Cheese, Fond du Lac Area Foundation and WE Energies.
For more information, visit our website: gottfriedprairiearboretum.org; or call Connie Ramthun, education coordinator for the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum at 920-533-8939.