Meet the Western Bluebird
See more photos of Western Bluebirds at "Meet the Western Bluebird"
If these birds live in your area, you can save money and time by helping bluebirds thrive. (Eastern Bluebirds look almost like the Western, except the male has rufus on its throat.)
1) They Need Homes
Bluebirds are cavity nesters. So they need trees with holes in them. These holes are often found in old trees.
What to do: Leave old trees alone. Minimize tree trimming. If necessary, cut off only branches that might break free, leaving the trunk and parts of the major branches.
What to do: Hang birdhouses that have been designed for bluebirds. Consult the National Bluebird Society for plans. Note that the size of the opening is critical: It must be large enough to allow bluebirds to enter and small enough to keep invaders out (larger birds, squirrels, and cats).
2) They Need Food
Bluebirds eat bugs. While raising nestlings, they catch a bug every few minutes.
What to do: Avoid putting pesticides on your lawn or garden. Such chemicals kill the bugs that bluebirds depend upon for food.
Note: Pesticides also kill bees and bugs that other birds need for food.
3) They Need Water
Every creature needs water. But birds are especially sensitive to chemicals.
What to do: Avoid using chemicals on your lawn or garden. These collect on rocks, sidewalks, fences, and other hard objects. Then, rain or lawn watering washes these chemicals into puddles, sewers, and (ultimately) natural water systems.
Here's how this helps you.
1) You'll Save Money
Avoid the cost of lawn and garden chemicals.
2) You'll Save Time
Avoid the time to trim trees and spread chemicals.
3) You'll Stay Healthy
These chemicals can make children, adults, and pets sick. Some of these chemicals are accumulative toxins. That is, they collect in body tissue over time, building their concentrations until they cause illnesses, such as cancer or nervous disorders.
So, when you help wildlife thrive, you also help yourself.
By the way, here's something easy you can do now: Visit and then share my article on the Western Bluebird. See: "Meet the Western Bluebird."