Soon after Broad Runs opening in 2000, approximately 20 birdhouses were placed on the golf course. These houses were immediately occupied but unfortunately not maintained. If the houses are not cleaned out and maintained regularly they welcome unwanted critters and the birds are not able to return. Luckily for us, Sam Laird and Ken Leister came into the picture in 2008. As our lead volunteers they make a great team with their expertise and knowledge of birds along with Ken’s woodworking skills. Upon their arrival they cleaned out and rehabilitated the existing houses and 10 more were installed that year.
Since then we have added houses each season with 45 houses on property this year. Ken and Sam monitor activity weekly and make an end of season report to the Audubon and Bluebird Societies. Last year our 40 houses fledged 79 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS and 180 TREE SWALLOWS. We hope and expect to exceed that 259 this season.
If you have an interest in birds, especially bug eaters which is why greenskeepers and golfers love them, keep an eye on this space and we will update our progress frequently. And make sure to give Sam and Ken a wave if you see them on the course early in the morning!