Steve Ramsey             John Lowe
NYPA                or      Mine Kill State Park
800-724-0309              518-827-6111

NYPA & Mine Kill State Park Host Program for Bluebird Lovers Followed by Spring Hike


May 4, 2011


NORTH BLENHIEM – The New York Power Authority’s Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center will host an educational program Saturday, May 7, at 10 a.m., on how people can attract bluebirds to nest in their backyards. The event will be followed at noon by a short hike from the visitors center in search of signs of spring.
The program and hike will be lead by Kristen Coakley, a fish and wildlife technician at the State University of New York at Cobleskill. Coakley will discuss the habits and habitat of the bluebird and the ways of attracting them to nesting sites. Participants will check existing nesting boxes for active signs of the bluebird, which became the official state bird of New York in 1970.  As part of Saturday’s program, there will be 20 bluebird house kits available to assemble and take home.

Following the bluebird program, Coakley will lead participants on a hike between the visitors center and Mine Kill State Park.

The activities are free, but space is limited so reservations are encouraged.  Those interested in attending should call Mine Kill State Park at 518-827-6111.

Guests are invited to enjoy the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center’s attractions, which include hands-on exhibits for students of all ages and abilities. Visitors can learn how the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project acts like a giant battery, generating hydroelectricity by recycling water between two huge reservoirs. Other displays demonstrate the basics of electricity, energy production and conservation. 
The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center is located on Route 30, five miles north of Grand Gorge, 17 miles south of Middleburgh and 50 miles southwest of Albany. School groups and community organizations are welcome. For more information, visit

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