Bluebird Trail Project

It was August 2022 when The Rotary Club of Croton was discussing possible projects to support our community. A rather unique idea began to take root and the group decided to apply for a Rotary District Grant to support the concept of a Bluebird Trail.  We were awarded the grant and our work began!

Originally created in the 1970s to promote the conservation of Bluebirds, today a Bluebird Trail is considered a series of strategically placed nesting boxes and birdhouses designed to support bird conservation by offering a safe place for birds to breed.

In addition to helping the birds, our project was designed to offer a form of outdoor relaxation for people to enjoy the sounds of chirping birds as they enjoy the beauty of nature and the river at Croton Landing.

The first thing we did was contact the birding experts! The Sawmill River Audubon Society agreed to work with us as did Cary Andrews, Croton’s very own Bird Commissioner. In addition, we wanted to support local businesses and reached out to the owners of Feed the Birds, Robert & Marie Armanini.

Our signs for the trail were created by Croton resident and owner of Fast Signs, Robert Banta.

And of course, we never could have accomplished the installation of the various nesting boxes and birdhouses without the incredible support of the Village Department of Public Works specifically the team of John Bouchard, Joe Kempter, Domenic Cassese, and Andrew Racioppo. We had the support of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, especially trustee Len Simon (also a Rotarian) who was our liaison throughout the process.

The Bluebird Trail was dedicated on Friday, June 2, 2023. Special thanks to Rotarian, Laurie Dean, who lead the Bluebird Trail task force.