Western Bluebirds were once common in their native habitat on northwestern Washington’s San Juan Islands, but by the 1960s had been extirpated as a breeding species. Restoring a viable population of breeding Western Bluebirds requires both the translocation of birds and conservation of the oak-prairie ecosystem in which they thrive.
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ABC Conservation Framework
Efforts to conserve the Western Bluebird fall under Conserving Habitats in ABC's conservation framework
Primary Birds Impacted
American Bird Conservancy, in collaboration with Fort Lewis Military Installation, Eco-studies Institute, San Juan Preservation Trust, San Juan County Audubon Society, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and The Nature Conservancy, is restoring the Western Bluebird population in the San Juan Islands by translocating birds from an expanding population at the Fort Lewis Military Installation in Olympia, Washington. The reintroduction is also an opportunity to promote education and local participation in support of conserving the entire biodiversity of the highly threatened oak-prairie ecosystem.