Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Spring News at White Haven: Bluebirds and Easter Sunrise Service

Spring is an exciting time at White Haven, with birds nesting and new life appearing all over the grounds, as well as our annual Easter Sunrise Service. One of our favorite aspects of spring is watching bluebirds return to our Bluebird Meadow and other parts of White Haven. Visitors are invited to visit and enjoy our nature trails, and perhaps catch a glimpse of these lovely birds, as well as attend our Easter Sunrise Service.

Bluebird Nesting SeasonEaster Sunrise Service

Our annual Easter Sunrise Service will be held at 7 AM on Sunday, April 16th, in our All Seasons Chapel. All are welcome to attend. This is a popular service, so we recommend arriving a bit early to find a good parking spot and allow time to find a seat in the chapel.

Bluebird Nesting Season

From April to June, visitors can see Eastern bluebirds, the state bird of New York, in Sections V, GB, and Bluebird Meadow (our green burial area). The bluebird is native to our area, but competition with invasive species has contributed to declining numbers of these distinctive birds. Human conservation efforts have successfully helped bluebirds nest and find habitat.

Proper nesting boxes that help to keep out sparrows and starlings are integral to bluebird conservation. White Haven has hosted over 100 bluebird fledglings thanks to donated nesting boxes from individuals, groups, and Harris Hill Elementary School. Our bluebird program has been one of our favorite conservation projects, helping lead us to become the first cemetery in the world to be certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. 
Eastern Bluebird

Visit our Facebook page to see more photos of White Haven’s Bluebird Meadow!

White Haven Memorial Park invites visitors to walk, run, or hike along our nature and forest trails during daylight hours. Please be respectful of any services in progress or those visiting the resting place of their departed loved one. Dogs under control at all times are welcome to accompany you as you take in the beauty of the season and natural surroundings. For more information, please visit our website and see our trail map.