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The Bluebird Project

Everyone needs a hobby, young and old alike. Hobbies engage us, they help build character and provide us with a sense of accomplishment. At the very least they give us a release from the stresses of everyday life. In his 1889 essay entitled, “The Pleasures of Fly Fishing,” W. Holberton writes, “A man without a hobby is a much-to-be-pitied individual.” And perhaps one of the greatest things about having a hobby is that whatever your current interests are, it’s never too late to discover a new one. Just ask part time Amelia Island resident Candace Bridgewater.  A few years ago, Candace attended a meeting for the Amelia Island Plantation Garden Interest Group. However, on this particular day, the meeting didn’t revolve around green thumbery. Rather, that afternoon Candace listened to a man named Bill Pennewill talk passionately about Sialia siali or what is more commonly referred to as the Eastern Bluebird. As President of the Florida Bluebird Society, Mr. Pennewill has devoted much of his time to the conservation and protection of Bluebirds in the state of Florida. And apparently his efforts are working. Increased environmental awareness among the general public combined with years of research have resulted in a steady increase in the Eastern Bluebird population over the last decade…

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