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SLV Bluebird Conservation Club

By Nathan Elliott

SIXTY-EIGHT PEOPLE attended an organization meeting on June 14, 2018 at the Savannah Lakes Recreation Center to establish a local Bluebird conservation club. Mike DeBurhl, President of the SC Bluebird Society explained their effort to conserve the bluebird population in the state and provided the number of bluebird trails that exists in SC (many within golf courses).  He said SLV has an excellent habitat for bluebirds, especially on the golf courses. The presentation was so interesting that 43 members of Savannah Lakes Village signed up to become the charter members of our newly formed club.  Glen Hendry, Trail Master for the South Carolina Bluebird Society was the keynote speaker at the next meeting and provided training on how to monitor bluebirds, how to detect predator activity and how to prevent it.  He also explained what bluebird information is collected throughout South Carolina and is sent to the Cornell University Ornithology Department and compiled with national data. The SLV BOD approved the SLV Bluebird Conservation Club as an officially sanctioned club.
The requirement to become a member of the SLV Bluebird Conservation Club is to commit to monitoring bluebird houses during the year and reporting the status of each house as nests are being built, eggs are laid, the birds are hatched and as fledglings leave the nest.  In addition, 28 members wanted to purchase one or more bird houses for their back yard. These members purchased 50 bird houses which were built by members of the club, and all have been installed in the back yards and will be monitored when the bluebirds return and enter the newly installed houses.  We also have members who have 11 existing bird houses which will be monitored in the spring.
One of our enthusiastic members who purchased a bluebird house had it installed in their front yard. The picture shows Linda Wutz and Merl Rabb with their newly installed bluebird house. Our president Jack Becker has installed most of the 50 new bluebird houses in the Savannah Lakes neighborhoods.
The POA has also purchased 50 bird houses which will be placed on theTara and Monticello Golf courses and at the Recreation Center.  These houses will be monitored by members who committed to monitor multiple houses during the year.  The POA bird houses will be built and installed over the next several months to ensure they are ready for the return of the bluebirds in the first part of next year.  
The SLV Bluebird Conservation Club has also set up a training program for those who monitor bird houses on how to record data and provide it to our data collection person.Our data will be sent to the South Carolina Bluebird Society and will be consolidated with data from hundreds of other organizationsin the State of South Carolina.  The data will also be sent to the North American Bluebird Society for incorporation in a nationwide database.
The members of the SLV Bluebird Conservation Club are excited about nurturing our beautiful bluebirds for the coming years.  The club will be considering adding members after the first 100 bird houses are installed and we are ready for the new year.

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