Earth Calendar for January 27th and January 28th

Jan 27, 2014

Become a citizen scientist and make a difference! Learn how to safely and properly monitor bird nests, and contribute toward the conservation and study of birds! 

Kenton County Parks & Recreation will present a Chat ‘N Chew and Information Session on Tuesday, January 28th from 6:00 pm  until 8:00 pm at the Kenton County Public Library, Durr Branch in Independence. This fun, informative meeting is for current and prospective Northern Kentucky Bluebird Trail Monitors and those who may be interested in participating, as well as those just interested in birds.
Speakers include Steve Trauger (Kenton County Parks & Recreation) with Brenda Clark (Kenton County Public Library), Chrisula Stone (NKY Bluebird Trail Monitor and NestWatch Coordinator), and Dr. Tom Sproat (BIOSE). 

There will be a pot luck supper beginning at 6 p.m. All are invited to bring a dish to share. At 6:30 p.m., the program will begin with an introduction and talk with pictures about the Eastern Bluebird and other cavity nesting birds. Discussion will include the purpose and benefits of the N.Ky. Bluebird Trail and explanation of the tasks of a nestbox monitor, along with some of the joys and heartbreaks of nestbox monitoring.  What, exactly, does a monitor do? Monitors generally work from May and into August with regular visits to a series of numbered nestboxes, observing and recording the activity, noting such data as first nest-building activity and which species is using the nestbox. Other important data is collected, such as when the first egg appears, date the first egg hatches, and when the brood fledges, or leaves the nestbox as nearly self-supporting individuals. Monitors also remove pests (wasps, ants and blowflies) from the nestboxes.  Make reservations and get more information by calling (859) 525-PLAY (7529) or visit the website

On Our Calendar:  Winter is a great time to get out and explore nature. Join a Clermont County Park naturalist led hike and search for tracks and other clues left behind by some of the park’s winter wildlife. Saturday February 1st, 1:00 pm. Meet at the Pattison Park Lodge. Further information at  the website.