The Donald Ford Monument is found right before Box #1.
With $1,500.00 in donations and a matching fund, for $3,000.00 the monument was built.
|Avon Park Donald Ford Monument
Willie & Kacky were married in the military and actually lived
on this Air Force Base years ago. In 1990 they started weekly to monitor with Donald Ford. And has continued to
weekly monitor the 100 box trail ever since.
|Willie & Kacky 10 Year Monitors
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ONA, FL 25 BOX TRAIL
Yearly Trail Reports:
1995 10 Boxes 26 Fledged
1996 16 Boxes 65 Fledged
1997 17 Boxes 85 Fledged
1998 25 Boxes 151 Fledged
1999 25 Boxes 150 Fledged
2000 25 Boxes 155 Fledged
2001 25 Boxes 131 Fledged
2002 25 Boxes 175 Fledged
2003 25 Boxes 169 Fledged
2004 26 Boxes 165 Fledged
The Hardee County Bluebird
Trail is found just a few miles from the East county line of Manatee County. Located on the University of Florida Cattle
Experimental Range. The boxes are all hand made and on a 1 1/4 thick walled PVC pipe. The predator guards are
4" PVC which Mr. Maddox says are really useless and would like to see the guards replaced. Predators are not really
a problem on this Trail. There boxes are from 1 to 15+ years old. They tried before to place them on other
roadways, but found that the boxes were just disappearing.
There is one other couple
who monitor the Trail but all would like to step down from all these years of monitoring. The local Audubon has disbanded
and there are no young to take over. If you are interested in Monitoring or helping, please call me.