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Lenoir County Cooperative Extension is pleased to announce a presentation by Ken Kernodle on the history, habits and habitat of the Eastern Bluebird.

Join in learning about the Eastern Bluebird journey from being plentiful to being threatened and their amazing come-back. Gain an understanding of where they live, what they eat and their nesting cycle along with their primary predators. Hear about the most important things we can do to ensure their success. Learn the critical components to look for in constructing or purchasing a bluebird nesting box and its placement and mounting.

Have you ever wondered what happens inside the nest box? Come see the video “Bluebirds inside the Nest Box” and find out! Mark your calendars for February 20. Join Extension Master Gardeners at Cunningham Research Station at 1 p.m. and enjoy the hospitality. Light refreshments will be served and the program will conclude about 3 p.m.

Ken Kernodle was raised on the family farm in the Brown Summit community of Guildford County, about 10 miles north of Greensboro. His appreciation and love for the outdoors including bluebirds and other wildlife developed at an early age. As a youth, he would often look for dead hollow trees that could be used for bluebird houses on Sunday afternoon adventures in the woods! While in high school he built nesting boxes in shop class. Ken graduated from North Carolina State University with a BS in Agricultural Engineering and was employed by Duke Energy. During his 42-year career with Duke Energy, Ken worked in several locations in the Carolinas including Lancaster, Anderson, High Point and Durham. One could always find a bluebird nesting box in his yard.

Following retirement in January, 2011 Ken decided to devote additional time to support the resurgence of and public education about bluebirds. He looked to the North Carolina Bluebird Society to find a conduit. Since joining the Society in 2011 Ken has served as Durham County Coordinator, Vice President and President.

Ken and his wife Peggy live in Durham and have two adult children and two grandsons.

Join us for an exciting afternoon with Ken Kernodle as we all learn more about the Eastern Bluebird. Please contact the Extension office at 252-527-2191 with any questions.