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TWIN FALLS — The new Southern Idaho Mountain Bluebird Association will hold its inaugural meeting at 5 p.m. March 13 at the Depot Grill, 545 Shoshone St. S., Twin Falls. The group will support and encourage birders who wish to facilitate the return of the bluebirds to the Camus Prairie and the South Hills. All are invited to this free meeting which will be a time to share, learn and enjoy the camaraderie of the “Blues.”

The mountain bluebird, with its distinctive sky-blue wings, light blue chest and white abdomen nests only above 5000 feet in the mountain areas of Idaho, Montana and Nevada. During breeding season, mountain bluebirds seek out open areas with a mix of short grasses, shrubs and trees at elevations of up to 12,500 feet. They gravitate toward prairie and tundra edges, meadows, sagebrush flats, pastures and recently-burned or clear-cut areas. Bluebirds are cavity nesters; with the clearing of trees and brush areas, nesting availability has become sparse and the bluebird population is threatened.

More information: call 208-420-1191 or 208-358-5807 or email nfturley@att.net.

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