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September 28, 2011

Bluebird on one of the Johnson Trail houses. ©Provost News Photo.
Mountain Bluebirds Mount Strong Recovery Here
The Mountain Bluebird in this area has made a strong recovery in nesting and population following a devastating spring in 2008.
Lois Johnson who looks after a network of birdhouses along the Johnson Bluebird Trail south-west of Provost now has a “fairly accurate comparison of the success that has been achieved in the past three years.”

She has recently completed the fall “housecleaning” and repainting of numbers on the houses and is able to compare 2008 numbers with 2011.

By April 16 in 2008 shirt-sleeve weather had encouraged mated bluebird pairs to choose nest boxes and begin with nest building. Egg-laying was expected two weeks later. But approximately 30 centimetres of unexpected snow arrived accompanied by strong winds, blizzard conditions and colder than normal temperatures. The intense storm lasted from April 19 to 27 with disastrous effects on many birds and animals including the bluebirds (see PN Nov. 5, 2008). Many died from hypothermia and starvation and at the time Johnson estimated that the bluebird population on the Johnson Bluebird Trail was reduced close to the numbers when she and her husband Roger first started their hobby in 1970—seven pair that first year.

Now however a different situation has emerged as the following numbers show:
Nesting attempts by Mountain Bluebirds in 2008: 28;
Nesting attempts by Mountain Bluebirds in 2011: 125.

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Town Pledges $28,000 More to Ag. Society’s Parking Lot Project

The town says that it will now turn over $30,000 for a planned parking lot (which had been earlier committed) and is also pledging—after being asked by the Provost & District Agricultural Society—another $28,000 for the local organization’s project.

The parking lot will be developed north of the Agriplex and west of Crescent Point Place where both the arena and swimming pool are located. The lot is to be gravelled and maybe paved later when more money is raised. The new pledge was made at the regular meeting of the Town of Provost council on Tuesday, September 20.

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This week we ask: "Are You Happy to Have the Word 'Royal' Back in Canada's Military?"
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