Bird of the Week, October 11, 2010
Western Bluebird

Western Bluebird. By: Glen Tepke

Western Bluebirds are common throughout much of their native habitat, but by the 1960s had been extirpated from northwestern Washington’s San Juan Islands due to a lack of breeding habitat and nesting cavities. Restoring a viable population of breeding Western Bluebirds on the islands and conservation of their oak-prairie habitat has been a priority for a coalition of groups including American Bird Conservancy.

Special Request for Help: The Western Bluebird Reintroduction Project is one of six finalists in Zoo Boise’s conservation grants program. Help us win $24,000 in funding by casting your vote for us today.

Western Bluebird; Glen Tepke, Bird Range Map of North America; Ridgely, R.S., T.F. Allnutt, T. Brooks, D.K. McNicol, D.W. Mehlman, B.E. Young, and J.R. Zook. 2003. Digital Distribution Maps of the Birds of the Western Hemisphere, version 1.0. NatureServe, Arlington, Virginia, USA.

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