This is an xerept from the awards ceremony at the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union’s December 3rd – 2022 Paper Session. “About 50 years ago the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis founded the Bluebird Recovery Program. At that time bluebirds were nearly extirpated from the state. 26 years ago, a man named Jack Hauser decided he wanted, as the song said, “to have a bluebird singing on his windowsill“. So, he started with the Peterson box, and faithful to his engineering training, felt he could make some improvements.
Now an eager birdhouse builder could spend a great deal of time to build say 50 houses, including posts and clamps, and then find promising sites to install them. He kept making improvements, building house number 100, mostly out of recycled materials. About 4 years ago Jack built bluebird house number one thousand.
Today you’ll find bluebird houses on most of the golf courses, and many parks in the Twin City area. Bluebirders have only to drop off a birdhouse needing repairs on Jack’s porch and pick it up in a week.
His passion soon expanded to include other cavity nesters, so his next project was the prothonotary warbler. He found several good sites and built houses to promote their survival in Minnesota. Wood ducks also benefitted from Jack’s ambition.
The last few years, he has taken an interest in declining kestrel populations. He has built 24 kestrel houses, which you may have seen displayed at the MOU booth at the State Fair. He is currently seeking additional sites and monitors that would benefit kestrel families. So Jack Hauser is our winner of the Volunteer of the Year Award for 2022.”
Congratulation Jack from your friends at BBRP !!!_________________________________________________________________________
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