We are checking our
boxes once a week!
Baby bluebirds are fledging.


Tour a bluebird trail!
Saturday, June 1, 2019;
meet at Helen Schuler Nature Center
( nr Ft Whoop Up, Lethbridge)
9 am to 12 noon.


Tour a bluebird trail!
Saturday, June 1, 2019;
meet at Helen Schuler Nature Center
( nr Ft Whoop Up, Lethbridge)
9 am to 12 noon.

Mountain Bluebird Trails

Conservation Society


The Mountain Bluebird Trails Conservation Society (MBTCS) has been active for over thirty years
and was started by the late Duncan Mackintosh. Members have been successful in getting
mountain bluebirds to return to areas where they were not seen for many years. With countless
volunteer hours, several thousand bluebird boxes have been constructed, installed on fence posts,
and maintained every year to provide nesting sites for bluebirds.

Mountain Bluebird Trails

Conservation Society


Restoring the range of the Mountain Bluebird in southern Alberta has been a success. The dwindling
number of birds was and still is partially due to predation and the impact of people on the
landscape.

Adverse weather and abundance of ground dwelling insects, their
main food source, are two natural factors that also affect bluebird populations. When nesting, the
Mountain Bluebird must compete with a number of species of birds such as the introduced English
Sparrow and the native Tree Swallow which will take over their nests.

You can make a donation to our Society to help us build and maintain the boxes.
Mountain Bluebird Trails Conservation Society is registered with the Canada
Revenue Agency. All donations of $20 or more will be acknowledged with a tax
receipt. All spending directly benefits the bluebirds! Make a donation on Canada
Helps.

Our Mission


Restore and Create Habitat

Mountain Bluebird Trails Conservation  Society( MBTCS) as a group is dedicated  to studying, and helping restore the natural range of the Mountain Bluebird in southern Alberta.

To support their ability to remain sustainable, we provide nesting habitats, sized to birds the size of a mountain bluebird, to replace loss of nesting sites due to land clearing, or  other habitat changes. We also monitor numbers of live births and have in the past banded and tracked thousands of birds. We create trails (or groups of boxes)  from north of Nanton to the US border and along our foothills and rivers, and support development of a Trans Continental Bluebird Trail of migration.

Conservation

MBTCS was once faced with dwindling numbers of mountain Bluebirds. Natural factors like our adverse weather conditions, reliable insect food sources and changing predators;  such as increasing raccoon, hawk and increased human presence, have made the gentle bluebird an easy target. Together with Alberta Parks and Wildlife, researchers from Calgary Zoo and Waterton national Park, MBTCS volunteers are working hard to determine the best methods to protect and provide better prospects for survival, and we are slowly seeing improvement.

Education and Communication

MBTCS has shared together with Monitors in Medicine Hat/ Cypress hills area, Pincher Creek/Oldman river to Lethbridge areas, as well as the Calgary Bluebird Monitors, information and photos of what is happening on our trails!

The wonderful guides written by Myrna Pearman of Ellis Bird Farm, help us identify the correct ages and stages. MBTCS newsletters are a great resource for keep up with Current learnings. Your emails and comments are welcome both to our website , and our Facebook page.

Partnerships

Birds of a feather flock together- and this has never been truer in the terms of the support system that helps keep MBTCS going! We not only enjoy learning from other Bluebird international associations, but we rely heavily on good information from Ellis Bird Farm, near Lacombe, AB. We have generously been given funds and tools from Lethbridge Community Foundation ( nest box construction materials and GPS trail management equipment), Shell (Oil Pincher Creek – our computer and printer, banding pliers and more)  Pincher Creek Co-op( Many sheets of plywood),  Work Bee teams- Goldie Weeks, Ric Swihart, our own executive and so many more too numerous to mention. Thank you so much for all Contributors and Volunteers for the hours and expertise you give us. It is gratefully received and put to good use!

What our monitors have to say


Joseph Michielsen

Mountain Bluebird Trails Conservation Society

Monitors

Maintaining bluebird nestboxes is essential when having a trail. A clean, dry, nesting site is necessary for bluebirds that choose one of the boxes on my trail. However, to get data on the success of each of the boxes on the trail, monitoring becomes the key.

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Your Name Here

Mountain Bluebird Trails Conservation Society

Monitors

Maintaining bluebird nestboxes is essential when having a trail. A clean, dry, nesting site is necessary for bluebirds that choose one of the boxes on my trail. However, to get data on the success of each of the boxes on the trail, monitoring becomes the key.

Read Now

Your Name Here

Mountain Bluebird Trails Conservation Society

Monitors

Maintaining bluebird nestboxes is essential when having a trail. A clean, dry, nesting site is necessary for bluebirds that choose one of the boxes on my trail. However, to get data on the success of each of the boxes on the trail, monitoring becomes the key.

Read Now

Your Name Here

Mountain Bluebird Trails Conservation Society

Monitors

Maintaining bluebird nestboxes is essential when having a trail. A clean, dry, nesting site is necessary for bluebirds that choose one of the boxes on my trail. However, to get data on the success of each of the boxes on the trail, monitoring becomes the key.

Read Now

Stats


We annually like to show you an overview of what has been happening on our bluebird trails! To do this – you will need to look into our annual reports- but here is a quick overview of what happened in the past two seasons- just so you can compare!

Number of nest saved – “number”


Number of eggs (2016-2017) – “number


Nestling Fledging (First batch) – “number”


Nestling Fledging (Second batch) – “number”


Number of abandoned eggs – “number”

Do you care about conserving mountain bluebirds like we do?