I am fascinated by birds and have encountered over 60 different species here on the EWL property. I enjoy watching our young students develop their own connections with these intriguing creatures. Kunsang brings his acute eyesight and nuanced appreciation for detail to observation and identification, while Silas has a strong connection with sound that allows him to recognize and imitate bird songs and calls.
The boys and I enjoy using the eBird app, a data collection tool created by the Cornell Ornithology Lab and the National Audubon Society. Our bird observations join those of others all over the world, contributing data for global bird population research. eBird also lets us check out what species our neighbors have been observing locally.
This winter we decided to make blue bird boxes, carrying on a tradition that has helped bring Eastern bluebird populations back from severe decline in the 1970s to healthy numbers today. This spring, our 2 boxes have hosted bluebirds and wrens. We observed tree swallows unsuccessfully attempting to take over the wren’s nest, and became inspired to make a third box for the tree swallows. We continue to watch what unfolds!