The Flatwoods Park Bluebird Trail
- Read Mary Miller's summary of the 2013 North
American Bluebird Society Conference, Oct 3 - 6
- Photo Credit: John Miller
The Flatwoods Park Bluebird Trail, one of more than 500 trails in North America, has helped the once-threatened bluebird population rebound from its serious decline. The trail's man-made boxes provide nesting cavities for the bluebird, whose natural nesting cavities were taken over by the more aggressive English house sparrows and starlings after their 1851 introduction in New York. Later decline was through long-term habitat loss and pesticide use. (Click here to download a copy of the 2014 Flatwood Park Bluebird Trail Brochure)
The trail has been maintained by the Tampa Audubon Society and Parks Staff for over 30 years and has been monitored weekly by volunteers since 2005. In addition to bluebirds, other native birds, like Carolina chickadees, tufted titmouse and Carolina wrens also nest in the boxes.
Flatwoods Park is a Hillsborough County park that has a seven-mile paved bike path, as well as many unpaved wilderness trails. The fifty bluebird boxes are located along the bike path.
Sponsor a Bluebird Box
If you wish to sponsor a bluebird nest box during the 2017 Bluebird Nesting season, a Sponsor Form containing instructions is available here. Bluebird nests are monitored March through mid August. As part of this program, you will receive weekly reports from Mary Miller on nestings in your box.
Attracting Bluebirds to Your Yard
Is your yard suitable for bluebirds? Click here for the Construction and Installation of Bluebird Boxes and Predator Guards documents.
Bluebird Nesting Timeline
When do bluebirds begin nesting and how long is the incubation period? For answers to these and other questions click here for the Bluebird Factsheet.
Monitoring Your Bluebird Box
You've installed the nestbox and predator guard and your birds are nesting. What do you do now? Click here to access the Monitoring Your Bluebird Box document for suggestions of the things you can do to help your birds have a successful nesting season.