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Each spring, William O'Brien State Park monitors over 70 blue bird houses. In the summer of 2022 alone,  volunteers recorded over 80 fledged blue birds.

Each spring, William O’Brien State Park monitors over 70 blue bird houses. In the summer of 2022 alone, volunteers walked trails and recorded over 80 fledged blue birds and 200 fledged tree swallows. Volunteers monitor the boxes once a week, which takes approximately two to three hours, depending on the trail. Some of the park’s volunteers team up with others to walk the trail, sharing the monitoring responsibilities.

In 2019, Steve Dibb and his wife moved to Stillwater from the south metro. As a retired Biology teacher and avid bird watcher, Dibb was looking for ways to participate in a local bird program. Already a volunteer with the Carnelian-Marine Watershed District (CMWSD) and a regular visitor at William O’Brien State Park, “I noticed the park had a lot of bird boxes along the trails, so I reached out to the Park Naturalist at the time and started monitoring boxes with a group of people,” he said. 

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