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Ron Jensen stands in front of a garage shelf stacked with bluebird houses that will go up around the region next spring. The Park Rapids man coordinates the Hubbard County Bluebird Recovery Program. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Bluebirds are flourishing in the region; nearly 300 fledged

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If empty nest syndrome counts as a measure of success, Hubbard County is a shining example of Minnesota's Bluebird Recovery Program.

Almost twice as many bluebirds "fledged" in 2009 as they did the previous year.


Fledging is when a fledgling bird grows up and leaves the nest.

Ron Jensen, the local coordinator of the BRP, monitored 100 boxes this year, in which 283 young birds hatched, grew up and flew the coop.

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