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2001 Another Good Year For Bluebirds in JCPRD Parks
POSTED: 12/10/2001
A total of 1,327 bluebird fledglings were recorded in Johnson County Park & Recreation District parks during 2001. This was up from 1,284 fledglings during 2000 and sets a new record for the District.

Fledging is when young bluebirds are developed enough to leave nesting boxes.

Superintendent of Park Safety and Interpretation Mike Ray attributed the good results to favorable weather conditions that allowed many bluebird pairs to have multiple broods this year and the continued expansion of the District's bluebird box program.

By the end of the season, there were approximately 282 boxes being monitored in the county. This number compares to 272 boxes in place at the end of the 2000 season.

"We had better weather and we had better bluebird box monitoring at our outlying locations," Ray said.

The majority of the District's bluebird nesting boxes are on the Mill Creek Streamway Park and at Shawnee Mission Park, but there are also boxes in Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park, Heritage and Ernie Miller parks and at Kill Creek Park.

Already planned for 2002 is the addition of a total approximately 30 new nesting boxes at Heritage Park and about 20 new boxes at Kill Creek Park.

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