Our program has grown over the years and we have learned much along the way. We are regularly contacted to share our experience and expertise.
We have formed a collaborative association with local birder John Ellis, who has maintained and monitored nest boxes for cavity-nesting birds, including Kestrels, for over 30 years on his property. We were able to help him find ways to attract Western Bluebirds, who are now regular nesters in his boxes. And he was able to help us with some predator deterrent design features, which we have incorporated in our boxes.
John has kept extensive records, including photographic records, of the nesting birds on his property. We have instigated regular end-of-season meetings with John and others, in order to share observations, information and experiences.
Helping to Fledge New Local Nest Box Projects
Asilomar State Park Project
In April 2014, Amanda Preece from Asilomar State Park posted to Monterey Bay Birds
asking for assistance in starting a program to promote cavity-nesting birds.
We and John Ellis responded with information
and an invitation to come and see what we were doing. Three parks staff from Asilomar
made visits to our project and John’s property, and then we went down to Asilomar
with John to talk about building boxes and siting them in the park.
The Asilomar boxes were built as part of a community day.
Twenty-nine boxes were installed at the park for the 2015 season and 8 were occupied, one
by a Western Bluebird.
Amanda has recently made a tour of our property and provided an updated
GPS map showing the locations of all the boxes.
We continue to collaborate and share information with the
State Parks folks at Asilomar.
We also got a request from the UCSC Arboretum to help them get boxes up to provide
nesting space for the Western Bluebirds who have overwintered there.
Twelve boxes were installed for the 2015 season, and half of these were occupied. Although
we were not involved in the building and siting of these boxes, we continue to be
involved with an exchange of information regarding nesting, reporting, and predation issues.