The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will host a bluebird and tree swallow educational workshop April 14 at the department’s main office in Bismarck. The 45-minute presentation is free and begins at 7 p.m.
Outreach supervisor Chris Grondahl said participants will learn about bluebird and tree swallow nest box placement, maintenance and biology. “Even though bluebirds require open spaces and cavities in dead or dying trees, nest boxes can help take the place of natural habitat where it is not available,” he said.
While all homeowners are invited to attend, the workshop is geared toward individuals who own acreage outside city limits. “Nest boxes in town can actually become nest sites for nonnative and nuisance house sparrows,” Grondahl said.
Attendees with adequate habitat for bluebirds will receive free nest boxes to place on their property.