The bluebird was an American Indian symbol of happiness, good health and hope. They displayed the bird in their art and told tales of its beauty and humility in their folklore. They hung hollowed out gourds over their refuse piles and meat drying areas to house the bluebirds, which would eat pesky bugs attracted to such places.
From 1920-1970 there was a major decline in the bluebird population. The bluebird went from being as common as the robin, to being so rare that birders were sure of its inevitable extinction….