By Kathy Jurek, Bluebird Monitor Chair
I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your dedication to our HSV Audubon Bluebird Program, whether you served as a monitor or backup monitor. This couldn't happen without you.
Another Bluebird season has come to an end in Hot Springs Village. It wasn’t a great year, but on the other hand it wasn’t an awful year either.
One of the most interesting observations is the lack of Buffalo Gnat issues. This was especially noteworthy due to an early report of a major
gnat infestation at Cooks Lake. This is definitely a reflection on our monitors and their diligent use of pure vanilla in and around the nest boxes.
Also of note is the increase of ‘other’ birds using the nest boxes. There was a 30% increase in their numbers. For the last two or three years
I have told the monitors it was not necessary to remove the nests of the chickadees, nuthatches and titmice. I may reconsider that position for 2019.
Early in the spring John Baal, Dale Barnard, Kurt Moeck, and Vic Prislipsky helped replace/move nearly 40 nesting boxes and 20 plus baffles. A big shout out of thanks to them. Thanks also to Adolph Juarez for keeping us well supplied with boxes.
I want to recognize all of our monitors and back-up monitors for their efforts whether it was their first year or they’re seasoned veterans. They are:
Balboa - Garrett, Trabant, Moeck, Elliott
Isabella – Weber, Black, Baal, Schrieks, Kubica,
Coronado - Gunderson, Hopper, LaBove, Mueller Vanauken
Cortez –Voss, Cukjati, Higby
Magellan – Rector, Raymond, Montgomery, Jones
DeSoto – Bienstadt, Wallick, Geiger, Swenson
Ponce – Williams, Taylor, Biddle
Diamante – Fremstad, Callicott, Krone, Hopper
Coronado Center – Riedel, Condon
Granada – Petrosky, Kroll, Barnoske, Johnson
Woodlands – Geiger, Harris
I want to especially thank Jerry and Kathy Barnoske (since 2005) and Randy and Brenda Johnson (since 2008) who have monitored the back nine of the Granada Golf Course and are unable to return in 2019. The Bluebird monitoring program is successful mainly because of members like them.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
There will be monitor openings next year so please think about volunteering to experience nature at its finest.
Following is a five year recap:
Year Boxes Used Eggs Fledged % Fledged
2018 308 250 1810 1344 74.3
2017 305 255 2111 1353 64.1
2016 305 275 1921 1401 72.9
2015 305 271 2045 1604 78.4
2014 306 n/a 1902 1653 82.6
Please refer to the attached supplemental data report for more details. This report lists the HSV Audubon bluebird box locations on each of our 9 golf courses, Woodlands/Grove Park, the Coronado Center and the respective results for 2018.
Respectfully Submitted, Kathy Jurek, Bluebird Monitor Chair