Protecting the Eastern Bluebird in RI

Mar 11, 2013

As spring arrives in the Ocean State it’s important to monitor your bird houses.

The Eastern bluebird, a native to southern New England, has been on the steady decline since the late 1800’s.  This is in part due to the introduction of the House Sparrow from Europe.

Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Northeast Region

Rhode Islanders can help the Bluebird population by staying vigilant, says Linton Harrington, of the non-profit environmental group the Trustees of Reservations.

“Monitoring your bird houses is so important.  A lot of people love to build birdhouses, and they put them up and then kind of forget about them, but keeping track of what’s actually using the birdhouse is really important because once the house sparrows come into an area they’ll actually chase away the native birds.”

The Trustees of Reservations runs a volunteer program building and tending bluebird boxes, trying to bring the bird back in full force to Southern New England.  For RIPR this is John Bender

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