For the past 12 years my wife and I have maintained a trail of nesting boxes in the South Hills east of Rogerson for Mountain Bluebirds — Idaho's official state bird. At 84 years of age, our children are becoming insistent that we no longer pursue this hobby but get some other civic minded person(s) to take over the trail.
There are many benefits to this hobby. For one thing, your expenses, including materials for building nesting boxes and mileage for checking them during nesting season is tax deductible! Another benefit is the opportunity to see other wildlife including deer, antelope. rabbits, hawks, etc. (We even once saw a moose!) If you enjoy woodworking there is the construction of the nesting boxes to replace any boxes that might get damaged or to establish new nesting box sites. As a retired educator I have also enjoyed giving bluebird talks to school classes and various civic groups and clubs — but this is not a requirement of maintaining a bluebird nesting box trail.
If you are interested in looking into the pursuit of this hobby my wife an I would be happy to take you on a tour of our Mountain Bluebird nesting box trail and if you take it over we will also supply you with written materials about bluebirding and building nesting boxes as well as any nestbox construction materials we have on hand.
I may be contacted at 208-734-1109.