Western Bluebird Pacific Northwest, Ecostudies Institute
Photo by Kathleen Ballard

Ecostudies Institute is working to reestablish breeding populations of the migratory Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) in the Pacific Northwest using a combined program of reintroduction, population monitoring, and outreach. In collaboration with numerous US and Canadian partners, our goal is to ensure this iconic species can inspire future generations of children and adults and serve as an emblem for oak-prairie conservation.

The Western Bluebird began disappearing from oak-prairie habitats in the Pacific Northwest during the mid-1900s. Habitat loss was a major factor in their decline, but probably more important was the loss of cavities. By providing nest boxes to replace cavities, we can create this missing, but critical, habitat element for bluebirds.

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