Western New York Bluebird Workshop set for Sunday

The New York State Bluebird Society will sponsor a Bluebird Workshop in Western New York on Sundat. This workshop is free and the public is invited. It will be held at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown.

This meeting will begin at 1 p.m. and will feature two presentations. The first is a PowerPoint program, “Bluebirds – and More” by John Ruska, past president of the New York State Bluebird Society. It includes the life history of the Eastern bluebird, other birds that nest in bluebird boxes, nest box management, and more. Ruska and his wife, Beverly, have maintained the Chautauqua County US 20 bluebird trail for 19 years and are now monitoring a purple martin site for the DEC in Dunkirk. His presentation will include items for both novice and experienced bluebirders.

Participants will also have an opportunity to view 50-plus art works by Roger Tory Peterson which have never been on exhibit before. These art works and the technique used by Perterson will be described by Beverly Ruska.

Other items on the agenda will include a display and discussion on various types of nest boxes and an opportunity to ask all bluebird- and purple martin-related questions to a panel of experienced bluebirders.

Refreshments will be served. A bonus to those who sign up for a three-year membership to the Society ($25) will be a free nest box and a free bird feeder. With a one-year membership ($10), the member will receive a free bird feeder while the supply lasts. Displays and free literature will also be available.

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute is located at 311 Curtis St., Jamestown.

Questions about the meeting can be addressed by contacting John Ruska at 679-9676 or email at ruskhill@roadrunner.com.