Learn About Baby Bird and Bird Houses at Audubon’s First Friday Lunch Bunch

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Noted Bluebird expert John Ruska will present “Baby Birds and Bird Houses” at Audubon Community Nature Center’s First Friday Lunch Bunch on June 7. The Fredonia native and past president of the New York State Bluebird Society speaks extensively across New York.

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John Ruska, past president and lifetime director of the New York State Bluebird Society, will talk about “Baby Birds and Bird Houses” at Audubon Community Nature Center’s First Friday Lunch Bunch on June 7, 11 a.m.-noon.

Putting up a nesting box for birds can be rewarding for both you and wildlife. It gives you the opportunity to see the lives and times of birds up close and to get unprecedented looks at them as they grow. The birds in turn do a great job of controlling caterpillars and other insect pests that may bother you or your landscape.

A Fredonia native, Ruska has spoken extensively across New York. You are invited to join him for conversation, photography and more as you discover the amazing birds that use nest boxes.

You can bring a brown bag lunch and relax afterward in the company of the speaker and fellow participants.

Ruska and his wife, Beverly, are active in the Lake Erie Bird Club and have maintained the US Rt. 20 Eastern Bluebird Trail, known as the “research trail,” in Chautauqua County for over 25 years. The trail is in need of additional volunteers to monitor boxes during the nesting season, educate the public, repair nest boxes and serve as substitute monitors.

The Beverly and John Ruska Bluebird Trail at Greystone Bat, Bird & Butterfly Sanctuary, formerly the Greystone Nature Preserve, in Fredonia is named after this couple who have done so much for a bird whose healthy status in the region was once far from certain.

The fee for attending is $8 or $6 for Nature Center members. Walk-ins are welcome. Registrations are accepted through Thursday, June 6, by calling (716) 569-2345 during business hours or going online to auduboncnc.org/programs and clicking through “Current Schedule.”

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours, visit AudubonCNC.org, or find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook.

Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.