LBBS had a member, Elizabeth Hoyt, Cheneyville, LA, who volunteered to monitor the trail. How blessed we were! After two years, she contacted me that she was expecting her first child and would not be able to monitor.
Shortly after Elizabeth’s notice, I was contacted to come to speak to the Garden Club in Many. We set up a nest box workshop for them and I gave them a presentation afterward about how to set up a trail or backyard boxes and monitor. I told them about Hodges Gardens and the wonderful bluebird trail there that Mary Jo Wright, Many, was now monitoring. We gained about 25 members that day.
Not long after that, I was asked to speak at a Master Gardeners regional meeting in the Toledo Bend area close to Many. We were told we could bring boxes to give with LBBS memberships. We gained 23 members. We met Margaret and Hill Kemp at this meeting and not too long after that, Margaret agreed to take over the trail with some great help from some of the members of the clubs there. Mary Jo was no longer able to monitor.
Margaret and Kemp repainted the framework on the sign which was needed and added more boxes to the trail. She enlisted the help of several great workers in the Garden Club who are now members of LBBS and some serving on the board. Everything just fell into place with our efforts there. Margaret reports to me each year of its success in numbers and also that we have Brown-headed Nuthatches and Carolina Chickadees nesting there too.
Dr. Brunell was able to make one last trip to see the trail before she passed away and to see the work we had done. She wrote me a wonderful letter and you can read it on our website in the September 2005 issue of Bayou Bluebird Nest News at www.labayoubluebirdsociety.org and click on “Newsletters” on the Home Page. This issue also has pictures of the team and an article about the work we did.
The LBBS 2011 Annual Meeting is scheduled to be held at Hodges Gardens on October 1, 2011, 9:30 until 1:30 and everyone is invited to attend. The Gate fee has been waived, so let them know you are attending that function. There are no registration fees.
I would venture to say that most months of the year you can see and hear the sweet sounds of Bluebirds at Hodges Gardens.
Find out more about the Louisiana Bayou Bluebird Society HERE and about Hodges Gardens HERE