Pennsylvania Game News - June 2014 - 39

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Fledgling Interest

GREW UP playing video games and, quite honestly, I still find them to be fun.
But I don't know I ever matched the level of excitement my youngest son
gets from tapping the buttons and maneuvering the controls. He often plays
standing up, and bounces up and down all the while.
At least he's getting some exercise, I suppose.
Truth be told, the amount of time this soon-to-be 7-year-old spends in front of
TV, computer and other screens - and the disproportionately minimal amount he
spends outdoors - is an area of concern that is regularly monitored by his parents.
Wanting to do something to spark my son's interest in nature, and perhaps
kindle his own desire to burn off more energy outside, I decided late this winter
to make him my partner in completing the annual task of cleaning out our many
nest boxes.
This suggestion was met with some resistance, and maybe I should have better
polished my sales pitch. I failed to identify just how unappealing "cleaning out
the bird boxes" might sound to a 6-year-old who is inclined to avoid chores of
any kind, particularly the grungy ones.
But, hands gloved, we got started.
By the time we got to the second box, he was on the stepladder, helping to
remove the twigs a house wren had piled there last year. At the third box, our
conversation really picked up.
I told him about our native bluebirds, and how they can have a tough time
finding and holding onto nesting sites. He recognized the word "starlings" from
the many times he heard his mother complain about their raids on her feeders.
I showed him that our boxes didn't have perches below the entrance holes for
the very reason of discouraging starlings from nesting there.
I had his interest.
And as we turned to walk back to the previous box and retrieve the ladder
we'd left there, I noticed a small form on the top step. I froze in my tracks and
the boy did, too.
"Thomas, look! There's a bluebird!"
A shocked smile spread across his face, then, there it was - that familiar
bounce of excitement. We sneaked ahead a few paces as the bird fluttered to the
entrance hole, then popped inside. He soon flew to a perch in an overhanging
branch to take in a view that again included a bouncing boy.
And as father and son walked off to finish their rounds, both wondered what
the future might hold.

By Travis Lau

JUNE 2014

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