Sep 06 2013

Fire on the Bluebird Trail

Published by at 9:30 PM under Bluebird,Miscellaneous,Wildlife

Remains of a nest box

The recent wild fire that revaged through the Prairie, ID area raised havoc with many of my nestboxes. Thirty-nine of my boxes were destroyed in the fire. All that is left of them are a few screws and nails scattered about in the ash at the base of charred tree trunks.

I would like to mount replacement nestboxes on the same trees that are left standing. But will these trees recover from the damage? Will the land owner salvage these trees for lumber and firewood? Most of these lost boxes were used every year by bluebirds, a few house wrens and tree swallows. Once in a while I would find a pine squirrel, flying squirrel or a chipmunk nesting in a box. I must come up with a plan before next year’s migrants arrive.

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2 Responses to “Fire on the Bluebird Trail”

  1. Suzanne Trojeon 15 Sep 2013 at 7:24 AM

    So sad the damage caused by the fire. I hope this film project helps bring more attention to the plight of the bluebirds and ways to help in the post fire rebuilding effort.

  2. Davidon 15 Sep 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Al, My daughter in Boise pointed out your blog page to me and I am enjoying it much. Your photography is fab. Seventy two in Minnesota.
    David Ford

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