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Boy Scouts + Nest boxes = Bluebirds of Happiness!
Midwest Region, April 6, 2013
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Young scout and den leader from Troop 18, La Crosse, Wisconsin installing bluebird nest box.
Young scout and den leader from Troop 18, La Crosse, Wisconsin installing bluebird nest box. - Photo Credit: USFWS

If there is a will, there is a way! That was the determination of Boy Scout Troop 18 from La Crosse, Wis. who built and installed more than 30 brand new bluebird boxes on Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge.

In an effort to earn their wildlife conservation belt loop award, the Scouts set out to make a difference for wildlife as their service project. Despite weather, scheduling and a distance of more than 30 miles to travel to complete the project, the team accomplished their mission.

For several years, refuge staff felt the deteriorating bird houses were in desperate need of replacement and when the call came in for a scout troop looking to do a project, Troop 18 filled the bill! The troop installed the bluebird boxes on April 6, 2013, just in time as the first bluebirds began to arrive for spring migration to set up house! The Scouts used a standard bluebird box design and spent one Saturday building the boxes and another Saturday installing them on the refuge. Many bluebird pairs have been sighted scoping out the new boxes and refuge staff patiently await the nest building process to begin!


Contact Info: Jennifer Lilla, 608/539-2311, jennifer_lilla@fws.gov



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