Custer State Park Offers Bluebird House Workshop
Earth Day is a time to celebrate the wonders of nature and discover new ways to aid the environment and wildlife.
Saturday, Custer State Park hosted a special workshop in honor of Monday's celebration.
The program allows participants to craft bluebird houses from scrap wood, teaching recycling and appreciation for birds.
The Eastern Bluebird is a summer resident in South Dakota, and Mountain Bluebirds extend their range to most parts of the state during migration.
Bluebirds are usually found in fields, open woodlands, parks, or along golf courses or other open areas, including suburban locations with open spaces and scattered tress.
Julie Brazell, a park naturalist, says, "It's an event to try to get people aware of bluebirds, and that they're a cavity nester, so they need a box to nest in if they don't have a tree that has a cavity in it. And, so, people put them around their house, and then they get to enjoy the birds nesting in their yard."
This is the fourth year of the event, and officials say it continues to grow.
All ages are welcome. Ultimately, guests are invited to learn about bluebirds while building a home for one.
Jon Evanoff, a volunteer, says, "I mean, it's just fun watching a two-year-old try to pound a nail in, and it gets the parents involved in being with the children, interacting with them, and doing something together. It's supposed to be fun and it's supposed to be easy. It just makes it so much more enjoyable for them when they can actually pull it off."
If you missed the workshop, Custer State Park's open house is just around the corner.
The park hosts a variety of activities and programs throughout the entire weekend, beginning May 17th.