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Lewiston With the recent warm winter weather, Idaho’s state bird, the Mountain Bluebird, may be looking for nesting locations as early as mid-February this year. IDFG has a limited number of bluebird nest boxes available at the regional office for $7. Bird feeders are available for $10. Funds collected from the nest box and bird feeder sale are used to enhance the Lewiston Wildlife Habitat Area located near the IDFG office. Fish and Game volunteers constructed the cedar nest boxes using donated lumber.
Bluebirds nest throughout Idaho in higher elevation meadows, forested areas and open ridges in mountainous regions. However, many trees with suitable nesting holes have been cut for firewood or taken by aggressive non-native species like the European starling and English house sparrow. Many bluebirds never find nest sites, so man-made nest houses can help fill the natural nest-site shortage.
For information on Idaho’s bluebirds or volunteering for Fish and Game, contact the Clearwater Region Office, 3316 16th Street, Lewiston, 799-5010.