◆ Eastern Bluebird Trails
The Eastern Bluebird is a cavity-nesting bird. Its population was at its lowest in the 1970s due to habitat destruction and pesticides. Several bird clubs began developing “bluebird trails” throughout North America. The idea is to install several nesting boxes in a favourable habitat. Since the bird’s preferred feeding tactic is to locate its prey on the ground from a perch and grab it after a short dive, it likes open areas.
COBM has been maintaining bluebird trails for decades. Currently, there are three: in a pasture at the Norli Alpaca Farm, at Les Vergers Tougas and at the Cowansville Golf Club.
Volunteers from COBM visit the nesting boxes from May to September and keep a record of nesting success. The bluebirds are recovering well.
◆ Feeding stations
COBM installed two feeding stations several years ago: at the Parc naturel Jacques-Bonnette and at the Centre de la nature in Cowansville.
Volunteers take care of supplying them all winter long. The black sunflower seeds are graciously provided by Nutri-vert in Dunham and the tallow by Boucherie Fortin in West-Brome.
◆ Purple Martins
Our latest initiative targets the Purple Martin, which is in decline like all swallows. These swallows nest in colonies in dwelling-nesting boxes.
The Club des ornithologues de Brome-Missisquoi installed one in the fall of 2019 in Bedford’s Sornberger Park.
◆ Chimney Swifts
The Chimney Swift is a small bird nesting in chimneys. When it arrives in the spring, it gathers in groups, sometimes reaching 150 individuals, to spend the night in a chimney that serves as a dormitory. When couples are ready to nest, they disperse to smaller chimneys.
The Club des ornithologues de Brome-Missisquoi collaborates with the Canadian Wildlife Service to count the Chimney Swifts entering three dormitory chimneys on our territory.