State bird of Missouri and New York, symbol of happiness, poet's inspiration, and indicator of ecological health. All true of Siala sialis, a small thrush found in woodlands, farmlands, orchards - and your yard, if you're lucky and smart enough to offer them habitat.
Ann Earley and Bob Siemer are true friends and helpers of nature - also certified Master Naturalists. Missouri Prairie Foundation recently honored them with the Prairie Volunteer(s) of the Year Award, well deserved. Their knowledge of Bluebirds comes from keen, joyful observation and conserving care.
Ann and Bob are also members of the Missouri Bluebird Society, a feathered fan club about to hold their annual conference in St. Louis, July 12-14, 2019.
As we humans encroach on habitats of others, bluebird lore can inspire a more caring, savvy and careful approach - while singing!
Music: For Michael, performed live at KDHX by Brian Curran
Thanks to Andy Heaslet, Earthworms fine-feathered engineer
Related Earthworms Conversations: Purple Martins: America's Most Wanted Bird (May 2016) The Owl Man of Forest Park (2015)
Bears! July 2018
Wild Bird Rehab: Supporting Songbirds with Joe Hoffman (June 2016)
Bluebird songs in the background courtesy of xeno-canto.