White Oak Park in the City of Red Bank will be the site of the grand opening of the Tri-State Bluebird’s Society’s newest Bluebird Trail. The public is invited to attend this educational event scheduled for this Saturday from 11 a.m.-noon at the upper pavilion at White Oak Park.
Bluebird Trails are a series of bluebird boxes installed near each other so that volunteers can monitor them and report the data nationally. At the grand opening, local experts from the Tri-State Bluebird Society will be conducting an educational discussion on bluebird habitat, bluebird house design, how volunteers monitor the boxes, and how the collected data is used to track the health of bluebird populations across the United States.
“When the Tri-State Bluebird Society notified me that Red Bank’s own White Oak Park had been selected as the location for their next Bluebird Trail, I was filled with pride and excitement,” said Hollie Berry, mayor of Red Bank. “Tri-State Bluebird Society volunteers built the nest boxes, used their extensive knowledge of bluebird behavior and habitat to locate them optimally within the park, and will continue monitoring the boxes this nesting season and in the years to come, reporting that data to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to contribute to a national knowledge base on the status of these beautiful and beloved native birds. Not only does this bluebird trail create new safe habitat for our eastern bluebirds, it also enriches the lives of our citizens by adding an additional layer of beauty and wonder to our largest city park. My hope is this community partnership is just the first of many to elevate Red Bank’s existing status as a bird sanctuary.”
A tour of the 12 new bluebird boxes on the trail will follow the presentation. White Oak Park is located at 798 Ben Miller Pkwy. off Dayton Boulevard in Red Bank. For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/redbanktn.