By Carol Gates
contributing writer 

Kern Audubon-Tehachapi presents: Western Bluebird Nest Box Program


April 13, 2024


On April 30, the Kern Audubon-Tehachapi group will gather to delve into the world of avian conservation and citizen science.

This upcoming meeting promises an enriching experience for bird enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

Karen Pestana, a renowned wildlife biologist with a passion for avian conservation, will present Tehachapi Audubon's long-running Western Bluebird Nest Box Program. With over 24 years of dedication to the initiative, Karen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table.

Attendees can expect a comprehensive overview of the program, including instructions on how to become a Citizen Science nest box monitor and set up a nest box in their own yard.

In addition to discussing the nesting behaviors of Western Bluebirds, Karen will shed light on other local bird species that utilize the nest boxes, highlighting the interconnectedness of Tehachapi's avian community.

Since the Bluebird Nest Box program began in 2000, Karen has been instrumental in coordinating volunteers to maintain and monitor over 60 nest boxes. The data collected through these efforts is invaluable, contributing to research initiatives such as the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Nest Watch Program. Karen's has a background in wildlife biology, including positions at Edwards Air Force Base, California Fish and Wildlife and the National Park Service,

The April 30 meeting of Kern Audubon-Tehachapi promises to be a great meeting, full of people passionate about birds. We hope you'll join us to share in the natural heritage of Tehachapi and its avian inhabitants. Refreshments and raffle included.

We will meet at Golden Hills Elementary School, 20215 Park Drive in Tehachapi at 7 p.m.


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