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Learn 'blue birding' with the Parks Commission
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NEW GLARUS - "Blue Birding in Wisconsin" is the latest in a series of natural environment seminars offered by the Town of New Glarus Parks Commission.

It will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at the New Glarus High School, 1710 Second St., New Glarus.

The seminar will provide attendees with information about the blue bird species, their habits and many other interesting facts concerning this fascinating and much beloved bird species. Attendees will learn first-hand how to prepare for the spring return of the bluebirds to southern Wisconsin. Plans for bluebird nest boxes will be available for attendees to pick up. Participants will also learn how to plan and set up bluebird nest box trails - along with tips for monitoring nest boxes to ensure health and happy bluebirding for seasons to come.

Bluebirding is enjoyed by all members of the family, so attendance by supervised children is encouraged.

Dr. Kent Hall, Professor Emeritus of Biology at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, is the seminar speaker. Dr. Hall retired from teaching in 1998, but remains more active than ever in the area of bird watching, especially as it relates to bluebird conservation, research and education. Many of his activities are associated with the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin (BRAW), for whom he serves as a vice president and coordinates data collection on the number of bluebirds in the entire state. Due in large part to Dr. Hall's efforts (including 16,500 miles logged in a typical year), Wisconsin regularly leads the nation in the number of bluebirds fledged. Dr. Hall also serves on the board of directors for the Aldo Leopold Audubon Society and the Mead/McMillan Society.

"The Town of New Glarus Parks Commission is confident this event will be informative, fun and interesting for people of all age groups," says Chuck Sasso, the Parks Commission Chairperson. "Bluebirds are an interesting bird that everyone enjoys seeing and having around. This seminar will help you to enjoy and appreciate them even more."

For more information refer to the Web site for the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin,, and for the North American Bluebird Society: Contact the Town of New Glarus Commission at or (608) 527-2390 for additional information or questions.