HAMILTON: Help the bluebirds with a house

   Due to habitat destruction and fierce competition from more aggressive bird species, the United States almost lost its bluebird population.
   However, after decades of conservation efforts, the species has been making a comeback.
   The Tulpehaking Nature Center invites families to help revitalize the Eastern bluebird population by participating in a bluebird house building workshop Saturday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon.
   Mercer County Stewardship Coordinator Emily Rogalsky will educate parents on the impact of humans on the Eastern bluebird population and lead them in the construction of their own handmade bluebird nest box.
   Meanwhile, Teacher-Naturalist Christy Athmejvar will help children make recycled bird feeders and participate in activities and story time.
   Be a part of this wonderful conservation success story. Register now as space is limited. This program is $5 per person or $20 per family, plus a $15 materials fee for nest box.
   While building materials and tools will be supplied, work gloves will not.
   Call 609-303-0704 to register.
   Parking is available in front of the Watson House with access to the center’s main entrance on the side of the building opposite the gazebo.
   The Tulpehaking Nature Center at 157 Westcott Ave. in Hamilton provides programs and exhibits that encourage visitors to explore and discover the many cultural, historic and natural resources of the Abbott Marshlands, an urban oasis just three miles south of Trenton on the Delaware River.
   The center is owned by the Mercer County and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission.
   For more information about the center, programs and schedule of events, go to www.mercercountyparks.org.