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Life Abounds In A Conservation Cemetery: The Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Life Abounds In A Conservation Cemetery: The Eastern Bluebird…

A conservation cemetery is, by design, a green space large enough to be a true nature preserve. It may encompass a woodland, a field of wildflowers, even a stream. The hope is that in communion with the natural world, we will find comfort and peace, that in walking amongst the trees, we will find solace for our aching hearts. The intention is to honor the earth and provide a refuge from development and other human impacts. There are countless animals and plants that will benefit from this gift.

The Eastern Bluebird is a year-round resident of Middle Tennessee and is most often found along open meadows and pastures around mature trees with little underbrush. The male (pictured above) displays at his nest cavity or box in an effort to attract a mate. The female’s responsibility is to build the nest and incubate the eggs. The pair will typically have more than one brood per year. Younger bluebirds prefer to nest in natural cavities higher off the ground (an abandoned woodpecker cavity works best).  The more mature birds tend to make welcome the use of a nesting box.  It is uncommon to see a bluebird at a feeder unless meal worms are provided for their palate.  In the warmer months they forage along open pastures for insects and in the winter they feed mostly on berries.  They are often spotted feeding along power lines and fence rows. I can remember building bluebird boxes with my dad as a young boy.  We canvased our property with boxes and would give them to neighbors as well. Building their boxes and watching bluebirds can be a wonderful learning experience for kids of all ages. If you are interested in attracting bluebirds to your area visit here for nest box plans and helpful tips.

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