2008 Nesting Box Program
There is no shortage
of "housing" for tree swallows at Fresh Pond Reservation
this year. In addition to the four nesting boxes that the Friends
group made in 2004, there are 11 new boxes. The carpenter for
the Cambridge Water Department cut wood for 13 boxes. He assembled
seven, of which two were given to Danehy Park, and five placed
around the Reservation. The wood for the other six boxes was given
to the Friends group for assembly at a Family program on March
2. All of these boxes are distributed around the Reservation.
In addition there are
4 boxes made by the Friends group in 2005 for smaller birds such
as chickadees or wrens.
Monitoring is an important
component of the Nesting Box Program. It alerts us to when house
sparrows have moved in so that we can remove their nest before
they lay eggs, and perhaps move the box to a better location for
tree swallows. It also informs us whether nesting and the raising
of young is taking place so that we have an idea of whether nests
are successful and how many young birds are being raised.
If you visit Fresh
Pond, you can help Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation monitor the
nesting boxes. If you see any bird or other animal activity near
any of them, write down your observation on one of the monitoring
sheets in the Ranger Station and leave the page in the back ofthe
same box, or email email@example.com , or call Ranger
Jean at 617-349-4793. Thank you!
Friends of Fresh