State offers free wood to build bluebird boxes

February 23, 2017 GMT

Goot wood?The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection does and it wants it to be used for bluebird boxes. It’s something the department has been doing since 1980 to help restore Connecticut’s bluebird population.DEEP says that bundled, uncut lumber for building bluebird nest boxes is available at no charge to organized groups, such as schools, scouts, conservation commissions, and garden clubs, on a first come, first serve basis.Details on how to get the woodInterested groups can reserve one or two bundles by sending an email to DEEP Wildlife Division biologist Brian Hess at Brian.Hess@ct.gov. Include the group name, group leader’s name, a mailing address, number of bundles requested (maximum of two per group), and preferred pickup location, the closest being Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.Organized groups that reserve bundled lumber should note:The lumber, which is harvested from state forests, comes as eight-foot, bundled rough-cut planks, and all groups will be responsible for cutting the wood to the proper dimensions.Hardware for construction of the boxes - that provide shelter for bluebirss - is not provided.Instructions for assembly and tips for nest box placement and maintenance are included.Recipients are responsible for picking up and loading their wood at either the Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area, located at 341 Milford Street (Route 69) in Burlington; Franklin Swamp Wildlife Management area, located at 391 Franklin Turnpike (Route 32) in North Franklin; or Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.Participating groups are expected monitor their bluebird nest boxes throughout the entire nesting season (March-July) and then report box usage to the Wildlife Division.