The Hilliardton Marsh celebrated Earth Day a few days early this year as Mother Nature decided not follow our human time schedule. On April 15th the first tree swallows were sighted in the area, so we knew we had to act quickly to get nesting boxes prepared for one of our favorite feathered friends. So on Saturday April 18th, in answer to our Facebook outcry for helpers, approximately 40 volunteers arrived sporting rubber boots ready to take on the task of cleaning and cataloguing our nest box trails. At the end of the day 218 swallow boxes were cleaned and are now ready to tree swallows and bluebirds.
After the job was done, volunteers had the chance to see us band some of the most recent spring migrants at the marsh. Tree sparrows topped the list, along with song sparrows, Slate coloured Juncos, and we banded our first Redwing blackbird of the season.
We at the Hilliardton Marsh would like to thank everyone who got their feet wet for a good cause!
To read more about the importance of protecting our swallow populations please check out this link on our website page