Mount Hope Cemetery Bluebird Project
In 2006, the Mount Hope Cemetery Bluebird Project was reestablished by volunteers working with the New York State Bluebird Society. A total of 12 nest boxes were placed in the best habitat areas for encouraging bluebirds. Our bluebird project continues today. We are so grateful to Sheryl Gracewski and her team of volunteers who monitor our nests and write a final report each year. This group monitors our flying squirrel and red-tailed hawk population as well. This is the first year of the 2020-2024 New York Breeding Bird Atlas, so Sheryl entered all the breeding behaviors witnessed in Mt. Hope Cemetery into the atlas portal.
Here is part of Sheryl's report for 2020:
"There were 5-6 successful bluebird broods nesting in our 13 boxes, each yielding 3-5 fledglings. This is the average over the last 14 years and similar to last year, but only half of the peak of 10. We had approximately 2 successful chickadee broods and 2 successful house wren broods, both down slightly from last year. We are delighted that a flying squirrel is continuing to use one of our boxes for nesting. There were two flying squirrels in the box in October. We didn't see any activity at the old red-tailed hawk nest this year, but we did find a new red-tailed hawk nest in the southeast corner."