Faribault County 4-H Club receives DNR honor for creation of bluebird
The Barber Flyers 4-H Club of Faribault County was honored Aug. 29 by the
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for its work on a bluebird trail
on the new Charlotte Hyne Wildlife Management Area (WMA) near the town of
Delevan. DNR Commissioner Gene Merriam presented the 4-H Club with the DNR
Commissioner’s Youth Award during a ceremony at the Minnesota State Fair.
The award is given annually to a 4-H member or club that has demonstrated
initiative, leadership, creativity and achievement in the conservation and
wise use of natural and agricultural resources.
The 4-H Club worked with DNR wildlife managers and nongame specialists to
research and establish a bluebird trail for the new wildlife management
area. Club members, along with the help of adult leaders, assembled and put
up 10 bluebird nest boxes. Every week – March through August – 4-H Club
members and their families alternated duties of checking and monitoring the
birdhouses for bluebirds.
The nest boxes did not attract bluebirds the first year; it can take up to
two years for bluebirds to occupy the houses, but leaders of the 19-member
Barber Flyers 4-H Club said club members gained valuable experience working
together and learned the importance of preserving wildlife habitat.
Commissioner Merriam said projects like these show the benefits of
conservation and encourage further participation in protecting Minnesota’s
“Sometimes it takes patience and perseverance when dealing with wildlife,”
Merriam said, “but the more people we have out there working to preserve
what we have, and restore what we’ve lost, will make our resources that much
Members of the Barber Flyers 4-H Club plan to clean the nest boxes in the
fall and start the process again next spring. The group will also put
together an educational program to share with local service clubs and
organizations to help increase and enhance bluebird habitat throughout
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