YELLOW SPRINGS — Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist and Tecumseh Land Trust member Bethany Gray will host a workshop titled Bringing Back the Bluebirds: An Ohio natural history and conservation workshop on Saturday, Jan. 28.
This event was created out of this year’s Project Based Learning (PBL) program at McKinney Middle School in Yellow Springs. A group of sixty-seven seventh graders have been learning about bluebirds and other cavity-nesting species in their classes. After learning about these birds, the students will create birdhouses to be placed on properties in and around Yellow Springs.
During Saturday’s workshop Gray will speak on how to help bluebirds as they face a loss of nesting habitat, harsh winters, pesticides, and competition from non-native species. Participants will also learn how to properly install and monitor a nest box, share data, and cultivate plants that help these birds.
The event is free, but RSVP is required. A limited number of nest boxes with accompanying poles and baffles will be available for purchase for $35.
The workshop will take place at the Clark County Heritage Center in Springfield from 1-3 p.m. To register, contact Ardath Dellapina or Anna Roberts at The Heritage Center at 937-324-0657 by Wednesday, Jan. 25. For more information visit www.tecumsehlandtrust.org or call 937-767-9490.
This event is for birdwatchers, conservationists, and those wishing to get more involved in conservation.