New York Bluebird Workshop scheduled for March 17

The New York State Bluebird Society and the Lake Erie Bird Club will co-sponsor a Bluebird Work-shop in Western New York on March 17 beginning at 7 p.m. at the BOCES North Center in Fredonia.

The public is invited to this free workshop which will feature two presentations about cavity nesters given by John Ruska, past president of the New York State Bluebird Society.

The first presentation is a PowerPoint program about purple martins. The second is “Bluebirds – and More.” Topics will include the life history of the Eastern Bluebird, other birds that nest in bluebird boxes and nest box management. Ruska and his wife, Beverly, have maintained the Chautauqua County U.S. Route 20 bluebird trail for 21 years and are now monitoring a purple martin site for the Department of Environ-mental Conservation in Dunkirk. His presentation will include items for both novice and experienced bluebirders.

Other items on the agenda will include a display and discussion about various types of nest boxes and an opportunity to ask a panel of experienced bluebirders questions.

Refreshments will be served. A bonus to those who sign up for a three-year membership to the Society ($25) will be a free Bluebird nest box. Those who sign up for a one-year membership ($10) receive a free bird feeder. These offers are while supplies of boxes and feeders last. Displays and free literature will also be available.

The BOCES North Center is located on Fredonia-Stockton Road in Fredonia. Questions about the meeting can be addressed by contacting John Ruska at 679-9676 or emailing him at ruskhill@yahoo.com.