This is the post I did for the park's facebook page yesterday.
Although I'm not a birder, I sure do like birds.
Jean Raabe have been tending, counting, and housing the bluebird
and tree swallow population of Antietam National Battlefield.
Working with the park's Natural Resources Division, Mark and
Jean maintain, inspect, and audit the nesting boxes and fledgings
of the battlefield.
Through improved predator-resistant boxes and restored habitat,
fledglings from an average of 300 per season five years ago to
an average in the high 400s as of last year.
of the Park Service, spending countless hours making our parks a
better experience for everyone...
the park roads.
condition of eggs or hatchlings.
actually set up hosekeeping; in
four beautiful pearlescent eggs.
the nest by tomorrow.
Antietam National Battlefield.
as I thought their work would make a really good post for the
park. Yesterday as I was going home I encountered them
checking bird boxes - what great timing! I spent about 45
minutes with them, taking pictures as they made their rounds.
This place just gets better every day!