Weather hurt bluebird numbers

In the municipalities of Alberton and La Vallee, local school children and members of the “Get Outdoors” club have constructed and put out 34 “bluebird lines” over the last 11 years.
Each line has 15-24 bird boxes, with club members monitoring them every summer and cleaning them out in the fall.
This program, supported by the Fort Frances Sportsmen’s Club, has proven successful in helping to increase bluebird populations in the district.
However, this summer’s cool weather has had a detrimental effect. Dead, featherless young birds were found in many nests.
Less than half as many young were fledged compared to other years.