Marvin Schwilling Memorial Bluebird Trails
By constructing bluebird trails, civic organizations, youth groups, and individuals can assist in efforts to help bluebird populations recover. Nest boxes provide bluebirds with nesting cavities and also give people a chance to remove the nests of undesirable competitors. Bluebird trails consist of 10 or more boxes mounted on fence posts or pipes. Boxes should not be placed in heavily wooded areas. Boxes should be placed 100 yards or more apart because bluebirds are territorial. Bluebirds are not a typical backyard species, and will not usually nest near homes or buildings. Any organization may be eligible for up to 10 bluebird boxes supplied through the Marvin Schwilling Memorial Bluebird Program if they are placed and managed properly and results are reported through the www.nestwatch.org.