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Find Out How to Volunteer as a District Bluebird Monitor at Feb. 11 Workshop

(Feb. 7, 2017) — The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County invites wildlife fans 18 or older who are interested in becoming volunteer bluebird monitors to attend the program’s annual kickoff training workshop on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Grounds and Resources Complex, 29W220 Mack Road in West Chicago.

From 10 a.m. to noon, District ecologists will explain the volunteer bluebird monitoring program and share data from previous seasons. A pizza lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m. For more information or to register, call Cindy Hedges at 630-876-5929 or email

Bluebird monitors record observations and inspect nesting boxes a minimum of once a week from mid-March until the last fledging leaves, usually around the end of July. Their data helps District ecologists assess populations and track trends. Volunteers must commit to at least one breeding season, but this flexible program allows them to complete their inspections any day of the week any time between one hour after sunrise and one house after sunset.

“Monitors provide us with much-needed data so we can assess bluebird populations in DuPage forest preserves and track trends with this species,” said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore. “Volunteering is a very rewarding experience and a wonderful way to learn more about our native wildlife.”

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 60 forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, five education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube pages.

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Deb Humiston, Communications & Marketing
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