Q: I saw a bluebird in my backyard this week. Do I still have time to put up a bluebird house? And which direction should it face?
A: Yes, you still have time to put up a bluebird house. Although many bluebirds are already nesting in Minnesota, it is not too late to provide them with a nest box. Bluebirds that have not nested yet or whose nests might have failed will also use the boxes. The boxes should face an open field with a clear flight path to the box. Bluebirds prefer open, grassy areas where they can easily watch for predators.
- Lori Naumann, information officer, Nongame Wildlife Program