Trail Management

Trails Available for New Monitors/Banders

  • Crowsnest Pass – 135 boxes.
  • New monitors wanted and more trails getting assigned after October 20th 2015. Call Gerry K 403-634-7154.

Guidelines for Nest Box Placement

(These are only guidelines as there are always exceptions.)

  1. Face opening away from prevailing winds, if possible. (Southwest usually)
  2. Place boxes near native grass.
  3. Don’t place boxes where cows (who rub on boxes), or horses (who eat them) can reach them. If that’s a problem, place rocks around post as cows don’t like to walk on large rocks.
  4. Some use laminated tags stapled on box to name them. Use a name such as BW 123 or BDW 123 or any other name to help identify the trail. An example would be WL xxx (West Lethbridge).
  5. Don’t place boxes near houses as sparrows will move in, or near trees as wrens will move in.
  6. Tree swallows and wrens are protected, sparrows are not. Destroy sparrow nests, leave wren and swallow nests alone. Sparrow nests are a mess of almost everything and they fill up the box.
  7. Tree swallow nests are made of grass, lined with feathers and the eggs are white.
  8. Wren nests are made of twigs, with brown eggs.
  9. Bluebird nests are grass only and the eggs are blue or sometimes white.
  10. Remove any dead nestlings, and check nestlings for blowflies, except don’t handle wrens as they are excitable and will die of heart attack.
  11. Raccoons can be a problem, as they will eat eggs and birds. If raccoons attack a nest you can put a wire screen around the opening.
  12. After nesting season (usually late August), clean out boxes to prevent mice from over wintering.
  13.  Avoid placing boxes on heavily traveled roads to reduce bird mortality or near water bodies which can attract raccoons.