Texas Bluebird Society
Texas Bluebird Society is an all-volunteer grassroots organization helping bluebirds and other native cavity-nesting birds through increasing nesting sites while sustaining and increasing their food supply (insects and berries of native plants).
2016 Event, March 12th, Bastrop
TBS presents an educational event each year. We believe you’ll gain great information from presenters, enjoy outstanding comradery, and have fun participating in our FUNdraising auction at the 2016 Bluebird Season Kickoff in Bastrop on March 12th with a social dinner the night before. Over 100 will attend.
Event Details and Registration Early Bird Registration ends February 12th
Book now! - Bastrop hotels are filling up with a major event in Austin
2015 Event was a Great Success
View photos from event here. Registrants (138) gathered on August 8th at the Brazos County Expo Center. Read about the event at 2015event.txblues.org and in
Texas Blues, Volume 14 Issue 4 .
Congratulations to Donna Piercy, the 2015 Bluebirder of the Year, and Ken Ray, recipient of the 2015 Blue Feather Award!
More about us ...
We promote bluebirds by serving as knowledgeable presenters and by organizing bluebird booths at various events across the state throughout the year. Check the Events tab for a list of our past and future activities at venues throughout the state.
At the heart of TBS efforts is the construction, distribution, and sale of a "well-suited for Texas" bluebird nestbox
Come, learn and work and enjoy with us. Join us in our efforts to promote "Bluebirds across Texas . . . one nestbox at a time!".
* a "nestbox" may be called "birdhouse" or "nesting box."
Get Ready for Bluebirds
Learning Booth at "Geese by Golly"
Saturday, December 12, 10:00-11:30 (maybe longer)
Location: Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge
Address: 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman TX
2016 Season Kickoff and FUNdraising Auction More info here
Saturday, March 12, 2016 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Bastrop Convention Center
1408 Chestnut St, Bastrop, TX 7860
Reserve $129 Sleeping Room at the Hampton Inn Now! Many Austin hotels are already sold out for this SXSW weekend
Combat Texas Challenges
ARE YOUR NESTBOXES BOTHERED BY ...
Snakes, English sparrows, 4-legged Critters?
Check out our Nestbox Recommendations for information on the Universal Sparrow Trap and Kingston Stove Pipe Baffle. Our ingenious and resourceful members have devised many ways to thwart predators including adding a "tutu-like" skirt to entangle snakes. Click on the "Nestbox Recommendations" tab on the Resources page. We provide a link you can use to order the trap directly and a link to building plans for the baffle. The "Texas nestbox" we sell is customized for the Universal Sparrow Trap (with screws under the hole). We also sell baffle kits at our Summer Symposium and Kickoff Seminar.
HELP TO COMBAT TEXAS HEAT
Texas Bluebird Society recommends the addition of white or light-colored paint and/or a set of HeatShields, to weathered nestboxes, unless they are shaded from late afternoon sun. 2011 heat studies conclusively revealed that as a nestboxes darkens with age, the interior temperatures jump dramatically.
Discarded political signs with a white back side can be recycled as HeatShields. With a pen knife, trim rectangles identical in size to the top, sides, and back of the weathered nestbox. Affix to nestbox with screws using tubing to create one-half inch (approximately) of air space. You can see plans for the HeatShield under the Nestbox Recommendations. You can also buy pre-made heatshields at our Summer Symposium and Kickoff Seminar. Click on the "Nestbox Recommendations" tab on the Resources page.