During the summer of 2021, Boy Scout Troop #214 surveyed nesting boxes at Spring Meadow. They found that Spring Meadow Lake State Park hosts an astounding 50 nesting boxes at the state park! The Scouts created a map and spreadsheet with the location and condition of each nesting box. Most of the boxes were found to be in pretty good shape, but in need of a thorough cleaning and some minor repairs.
This year, Last Chance Audubon initiated a clean out project to prepare for the arrival of spring migrants to the park. A team of collaborators including Scout leadership, Montana State Parks, Montana WILD and LCAS members met by Zoom to put the project into motion. AmeriCorps Team Leader, Tessa Hurley (intern at Spring Meadow) volunteered to head up the project, and has committed to continuing the project annually.
So please plan to join us on Saturday, March 12th, as LCAS, Montana State Parks, Boy Scout Troop #214, AmeriCorps, and Montana WILD take on the task of spring cleaning for the birds! We will meet at 1:30pm, near the Montana WILD parking area (2668 Broadwater Ave.), introduce ourselves, and then break into five groups. The project should last no more than 1-2 hours depending on the group. One battery powered drill with multiple drill bits (star, hex, phillips, etc.) will be needed by each group, in order to access the boxes for cleaning. Please plan to bring work gloves as some boxes can get a bit messy. Each group will also be asked to keep notes regarding the condition of each box so that future maintenance can be done. Many hands make light work! Please join us for an afternoon of spring cleaning! For additional information or questions please contact Tess Hurley at Tessa.Hurley@mt.gov.