Amazing how fast the little critters grow!
UPDATE: June 1, 2010 10:25 AM - They're gone. A lone, unhatched egg in an empty nest, visited occasionally by Mom or Dad ...
Fall Home Invaders: by Tina Clinefelter
5 hours ago
|Picture from Wildflower.org|
In late April, the female bluebird laid five eggs, of which four hatched beginning May 13. It is expected that the fifth may not hatch, as it is not uncommon for one egg from a clutch to turn out to be infertile or fail to hatch. Depending on conditions, the four chicks may fledge – leave the nest and fly on their own – by the end of May or early June.
For more information on bluebirds, visit the Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), click on “Wildlife” in the menu bar in the banner, then choose “Bluebird” from the listing under the “Wild Birds and Birding” section.
With over 94,000 volunteers contributing more than $100 million in service nationwide, the EMG program is hoping to take its volunteer program to a new level by increasing the social interaction of its participants.
Beginning Monday, May 3, EMG coordinators and guest contributors from various states will take turns sharing a weekly blog post on a topic geared toward the national EMG community. Master Gardeners will be encouraged to discuss items appearing in blog posts by submitting comments using the blog’s commenting features.
Monica David, Illinois EMG coordinator and Consumer Horticulture National Committee chair, said, “ I hope the EMG Blog will be a place where Master Gardeners are encouraged to ‘talk shop.’” David also noted that the blog can be a place for EMGs to interact around blog post topics that may highlight many Master Gardener activities including:
• Project ideas, successes, and learning pointsThat "94,000 volunteers and more than $100 million in service" statistic can't be emphasized enough - please cite it widely when you talk about the Master Gardener Program.
• Educational opportunities and curricula
• Contributions to the public good (value and benefit)
• National updates and events