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Experts will discuss bluebird recovery

"A man's interest in a single bluebird is worth more than a complete but dry list of the fauna and flora of a town," wrote Henry David Thoreau in a letter to a friend in 1858.

Next Saturday, bluebird aficionados will be able to speak to and hear from the experts in Park Rapids.

Ron Jensen, the Hubbard County Coordinator of the Bluebird Recovery Program, will assist state coordinator Keith Radel in setting up a booth, with information available all day at the grand re-opening of the Park Ace Hardware Store on Highway 34 East.

The men are part of a small army of dedicated conservationists working to preserve the popular, colorful avian species. Their seminar will discuss the project, which recruits volunteers to assist in the retention of the bluebird population.

The Bluebird Recovery Project establishes and maintains bluebird nest box trails throughout the state. It began in 1979 and has grown to 2,300 members. It has sent out nearly 12,000 information packets to interested groups and individuals.

A brochure gives pointers on setting up bluebird boxes, nesting biology and identification, predator problems, and includes a field monitoring booklet.

Bluebirds, with the help of the volunteers, are staging a comeback from near extinction after being victimized by wrens, sparrows and starlings raiding their abodes, ousting the timid occupants.