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Eagle Scout candidate builds Bluebird Trail

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Eau Claire (WQOW)- While designing his Eagle Scout project, an Eau Claire Boy Scout is turning to his passion for songbirds by building a few new places to rest their wings.

Kevin Keys, a junior at Memorial High School, built a Bluebird Trail Wednesday for his Eagle Scout project.  The Bluebird Experience, a group formed in 2007 that aims to restore the songbird population across the state, helped Kevin plan and build ten nest boxes over the last five months.  On Wednesday all ten were installed, creating a Bluebird Trail from Phillip-Medisize Corporation to Sky Park and along Mondovi Road.  

The boxes are meant to help restore and monitor the Bluebird population in the area.

"We put them out there so that they bring a home for the Bluebirds because it's kind of hard for them to find a place to nest.  They like to look for little nooks that they can crawl in to and build a little nest where they will be safe.  The Bluebird boxes are a perfect environment for them," said Keys.

"It gives them an opportunity to see what happens when different community members can come together.  Everybody has a gift.  We come together and now we can celebrate that.  Not only are we giving an Eagle Scout an opportunity to build his resume we're giving an opportunity to impact our community.  It is truly bridging nature and technology like I never imagined," said Shelly Sutley with the Bluebird Experience.

This is the city's seventh Bluebird Trail.  Kevin said he has a few more badges to get in order to be eligible for the Eagle Scout ranking, and hopes to have those completed in the next year.

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