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National Housing Shortage Sweeps The Nation's
"Blue-Feathered Friends"
Wild Birds Unlimited, Inc. Partners With North American Bluebird Society (NABS)
To Launch The Transcontinental Bluebird Trail (TBT)
     Select locations. Beautiful views. Room to raise families. Responsible landlords. Only bluebirds need apply.
    This is no flight of fancy. Wild Birds Unlimited announced its partnership with the North American Bluebird Society (NABS) to launch the Transcontinental Bluebird Trail (TBT) on May 20, 2000. In conjunction with the launch, Wild Birds Unlimited is sponsoring the trail's Adopt-A-Box program, which provides nest boxes on the trail specifically designed for bluebird families.
      "During most of this century, the bluebird population has been dwindling," said Wild Birds Unlimited president Jim Carpenter. "The loss of their natural habitat, an increase in pesticide use and competition from other birds, particularly the sparrow, have contributed to a decline in the number of bluebirds in North America."
     Bluebirds are cavity nesters, meaning they forage for refuge in old trees or fence posts. But nowadays, those natural shelters are few and far between. However, with the help of dedicated birders, these native North American treasures are showing signs of recovery.
      The Transcontinental Bluebird Trail is a large network of bluebird trails that will eventually stretch across the U.S. and Canada, providing nest boxes for bluebirds and other native cavity-nesting species. A bluebird trail consists of five or more nest boxes placed at least 100 yards apart. Dedicated volunteers regularly monitor boxes on the TBT to ensure nesting success.
      By adopting a nest box on the trail, families, nature lovers, birders and outdoor enthusiasts will help ensure that a successful future remains for these gentle, beautiful birds.
      Besides giving a bluebird family a home, the $35 sponsorship provides an Adopt-A-Box Certificate; a $2 off coupon for participating Wild Birds Unlimited stores; a Web site page to follow trail and nesting activities; a nest box report for each nesting season; a one-year membership in the North American Bluebird Society and its quarterly journal Bluebird; and an invitation to attend the Annual NABS Convention.
       To obtain an Adopt-A-Box sponsorship form, visit a Wild Birds Unlimited store. Call toll-free 1-800-326-4WBU or visit to find the store nearest you. Adopt-A-Box sponsorship forms can also be downloaded from the NABS Web site,, and the Wild Birds Unlimited Web site,