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Lafayette County Bluebird Society, Inc.

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Coming in March at the Bluebird Nest Nature Center

March 15, 1:00-4:00 p:  Open house at the Bluebird Nest Nature Center with Carol McDaniel speaking at 2:00 about “Bluebirding in Wisconsin along the Bluebird Trails”.  Bluebirding for over 30 years, Carol will talk about how trails have helped bring back the population of bluebirds from a dangerously low number in the early 1980s.

March 20, 7:00 p:  “How to Report Our Bird Observations to the WI Breeding Bird Atlas Project”  with Matthew Nechvatal, Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator for Lafayette County.  Here is your chance to become involved with creating the next edition of the Atlas.  Matt will give us the complete story of the project.  matt-netchvatal

March 29, 7:00 p:   At the Bluebird Nest Nature Center. Frogs and Toads in Lafayette County  with Mary Zimmerman.  Mary and her husband Steve have been keeping track of the frogs in prthe county for many years.  Come and hear what she has to say. mary-zimmerman


Looking ahead to the LCBS April Spring Meeting


  April 9, Sunday, 1:00–4:00 p (Note location: Community Room at the Town Bank, Darlington)  Spring Meeting of the Lafayette County Bluebird Society. Making the Migratory Bird Treaty Work, Then and Now: A Centennial Assessment”  Recognizing International Migratory Bird Day with speaker Dr. Stanley Temple, Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation, University of WI-Madison.  Many of the birds in Lafayette County migrate to other locals in the autumn.  Find out if the Migratory Bird Act has helped them to survive their trip.  There will be a blind auction and refreshments will be served.

April 19, 7:00 pm:  At the Bluebird Nest Nature Center.  “Turtles that are Native in Wisconsin” with Rebecca Christoffel,  proprietor of Christoffel Conservation and president of the Snake Conservation Society, former Extension Wildlife Biologist and faculty member of Iowa State University.  Get to know our native turtles and the challenges they have.

 Are you having problems on your trail?  Learn what to do about black flies, House Sparrows, raccoons and other predators on our Predators and Other Creatures web page.

We can give you advice on Eastern Bluebirds and other native cavity nesting birds.

Located in Southwest Wisconsin.

Contact us at:   lafayettecountybluebirdsociety@yahoo.com)


  The Lafayette County Bluebird Society, Inc. is dedicated to the conservation of the Eastern Bluebird and other native cavity nesting species.

The Lafayette County Bluebird Society, Inc. (LCBS) got its start in 1981, then known as the Darlington Bluebird Society.When the settlers came to Wisconsin in the early 1800’s, the Eastern Bluebird was as common as the Robin.  In 1976, the Eastern Bluebird was reported on the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Survey with only four pairs in the entire state.  Its dwindling numbers were troubling. In the spring of 1981, an effort was made in Darlington to help bring back the bluebird.  A few local, concerned individuals met in the basement of the Methodist Church.  Under the leadership of Carol and John McDaniel the Darlington Bluebird Society was formed.  A few years later, as the bluebird population began to grow, the organization’s membership expanded to include people from around the county.  The name was changed to the Lafayette County Bluebird Society.Over the past 29 years, LCBS has been successful in bringing back the Eastern Bluebird to the county and increasing the population of bluebirds to a very comfortable number.  In 2009, 545 bluebirds were reported as fledged to the LCBS.Numberous trails are located throughout the county.  The largest trails are at Yellowstone Lake State Park, Leadmine/New Diggings, Fayette,  Darlington, and Blanchardville.  The boxes on these trails are checked weekly for bluebird activity.

A bequest received from Lillian Frances Johnson, a past resident of Connecticut, has made it possible for the LCBS to expand its effort to include other native cavity nesting birds.  The Society has placed Purple Martin housing near Darlington and at Yellowstone Lake State Park in an effort to bring the Purple Martin back to Lafayette County.  Additionally, we have collected a population count on the Red-headed Woodpecker to determine how this species is doing in the county. The Lafayette County Bluebird Society meets regularly during the year with at least one trail hike.

The LCBS works closely with the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin (BRAW), is affiliated with the North American Bluebird Socity (NABS), is a member of  the Prairie Enthusiasts, and the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology.