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Archived Editions Index of Texas Blues

Volume 13 - Year 2014

Issue 4 - October 2014
  • Nestbox Certification Program
  • 2014 Award Winners
  • Photo Gallery - Sharing Memories
  • Board Elections In November
Issue 3 - July 2014
  • Summer Symposium Details & Registration
  • Bluebirds Love Roughleaf Dogwood Berries
  • The Beauty Is A Beast
  • Do birds Prefer To Lay Eggs On Sturday
Issue 2 - May 2014
  • All about Caroline Wrens
  • Building Better (Nest) Boxes
  • Birds Love Flowering Dogwoods
  • Luke Sends A Message To David
  • Fighting Females
Issue 1 - March 2014
  • Bewick's Wren Loves Our Nestboxes
  • Bluebirds Favor The Flavor Of American Holly
  • David Pruitt Wins Prestigious Hornaday Award From Scouts
  • TBS Supports Sara's Master's Research Project

Volume 12 - Year 2013

Issue 1
  • A Real Cutie – The Carolina Chickadee
  • 2013 Season Kickoff Recap
  • Behind The Boxes…Silent Auction FUNdraiser
  • Mistletoe - Good For The Birds
  • State Of The Organization
  • Photo Caption Contest
Issue 2 - May 2013
  • 2013 Summer Symposium registration form and details
  • Tufted and Black-crested Titmouse Favor Texas
  • Dirty Egg Mystery Solved
  • Mealworm Feeder Foils Mockingbird
Issue 3 - July 2013
  • Pretty Prothonotary Warblers on page 1 & 3
  • Members Share Spring Stories on page 4 & 5
  • New events! Check Symposium details on page 7
  • Plant a beauty in your yard. See page 8 for more info.
Issue 4 - October 2013
  • Punk-Haired Ash-Throated Flycatcher
  • 2014 Kickoff - It's more than Saturday, March 1st!
  • Does your landscape offer an "All-you-can-eat" buffet?
  • 2013 Summer Symposium Highlights
  • Board of Directors Election Time in November

Volume 11 - Year 2012

Issue 1
  • Monitoring Reports from Hornsby Bend and Ft. Worth
  • Inside look at the State Of The Organization
  • Master makes a "point"
Issue 2
  • Why So Blue?
  • Neighborhood Watch: Keeping Native Cavity Nesters Safe
  • Musings from the Master: Before The Break Of Day
  • NestWatch Update
Issue 3
  • Brown-headed Nuthatch + TBS = Success
  • Raccoons Raid Everything!
  • Time To Register For Summer Symposium
  • Sneak Peek At Upcoming Symposium Activities
Issue 4
  • Members Share Stories/Photos
  • Board Elections In November
  • Symposium Another Success
  • Holidays Are Coming Soon – Think Bluebirds
  • Season Kickoff Details & Registration Dates

Volume 10 - Year 2011

Issue 1
  • 2010 Blue Feather Award
  • Luke's Story
  • Nestboxes: Start To Finish
Issue 2
  • Fire Ants Kill Babies and Birds
  • Fort Worth Bluebird Project
  • Symposium Registration
Issue 3
  • Summer Symposium Details
  • Strategies For Fire Ant Management
  • Susan Shares Success Story
  • Musings ABOUT The Master
Issue 4
  • New Heat Study - Cool Solutions!
  • Board Elections Via Email
  • Happy 10th Birthday TBS!

Volume 9 - Year 2010

Issue 1
  • Status Of Bluebirds In Texas
  • Raising Mealworms
  • Spring Chores
Issue 2
  • Who's Sleeping In Your Nestbox?
  • Nestbox Mail (Q&A)
  • Musings From The Master - Too Hot? Too Cool? Or Just Right>
Issue 3
  • Summer Symposium
  • True Blue Friends Program
  • Nestbox Mail (Q&A_
Issue 4
  • Board of Directors Elections
  • Members Share Experiences
  • Bluebirds Across Texas
  • Member's Winning Photos

Volume 8 - Year 2009

Issue 1
  • Digital Camera - Makes Nestwatching a Snap
  • TBS Drops "individual" Option
  • Eastern Bluebird Population Down 19% in Texas
  • Azle Trailblazer - Harry Evans
  • Open Shade
  • Welcome New Members
  • Special Thanks to Volunteers!
  • Thank You For Your Donations
  • Matthew Duerr Completes Eagle Scout Project
  • Classifieds
  • Plumage, Molt and Feathers
  • From The Mailbox
  • Symposium Registration
Issue 2
  • Planning The Future
  • Happy Bluebirds Trails
  • Blues News
  • In Memorium
Issue 3
  • Texas Tree Swallows
  • Keith Kridler Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Bluebirds Beat The Heat
  • Mealworms Are Fun?
  • Meet Meg - New Board Member

Volume 7 - Year 2008

Issue 1
  • A Day for the Birds Tuesday, December 11, 2007
  • Behind the Scenes of "A Day for the Birds" - By Keith Kridler
  • How we did it - By Keith Kridler
  • Welcome to our New Members!
  • Dozens of "One Nestbox" Nestboxes Are Going Up "Across Texas" (unless new members are leaving them in their garage…)
  • What plants provide food for bluebirds in Texas?
  • Letters from the TransTexas Nestbox Network
  • nestwatch.org news release
  • News Roundup
Issue 2
  • TBS President Pauline Tom Receives 2008 NABS President's Award
  • My Bluebirds of Unhappiness - By Nancy Nichols
  • Special Thanks to...
  • 6th Annual Summer Bluebird Symposium and Silent Auction
  • Barb Ohlman's "Big Thank You"
  • Nature's Niche Nestbox: Deathtrap!
  • Welcome New Members!
  • 497 Nestboxes Ready to Roll!
  • Prolific Presenter Linda Crum
  • Nature Quest promotes Bluebirds
  • Donations Needed for Symposium
  • Online Bluebird Forum
  • Nestbox Management for Landowners
  • 1st Bluebird Egg of 2008!
  • CLASSIFIEDS
  • TBS Board of Directors & You
  • TBS Annual Meeting & Dinner
Issue 3
  • 2008 EXPO Accommodations
  • Albino Bluebird
  • Book Review: Bringing Nature Home
  • From the Mailbag
  • Special Thanks to...
  • The Dangers of Supplemental Feeding
  • Welcome New Members!
  • No Violation for Removing Cowbird Eggs from Nests
  • Nestwatch
Issue 4
  • TBS Photo Stream rolling on Flickr easy to access, fun to use
  • Signmaker Needed
  • Mountain Bluebird in Central Texas
  • Early Birds — SYMPOSIUM 2009
  • Two abnormal bluebird eggs saved, donated to TBS
  • Gratitude and thanks!
  • Hornsby Bend Bluebird Trail restored to successful habitat
  • TBS Volunteers are Awesome
  • Linda is TBS Volunteer Extraordinaire!
  • Welcome, New Members!
  • Nestbox building is booming for Bluebirds of Happiness

Volume 6 - Year 2007

Issue 1
  • NestWatch
  • Annual Meeting Site Changed!
  • A-PLUS
  • From the E-box
  • 2007 TBS Calendar
  • Bryan Earth Day Festival
Issue 2
  • NABS 2007
  • Sparrow Spooker Protects Bluebirds
  • NestWatch
Issue 3
  • Annual Meeting & Silent Auction - October 5, 2007
  • Texas Parks & Wildlife Expo - October 6 & 7, 2007
  • NestWatch
  • In Memorium June Osborne

Volume 5 - Year 2006

Issue 1
  • Ivory-bill gets top billing at NABS 2006
  • Bluebird Blue - by Ruth Beasley
  • … one nestbox at a time
Issue 2
  • Yeehaw!!!!
  • Elizabeth Withrow reflects on her recent honor
  • R E D , W H I T E & B L U E B I R D S
Issue 3
  • Annual Get-Together - Celebrate 5 Years!
  • Renewed Nestboxes Continue Mr. Ross' Legacy
  • Across Texas ... drought!
Issue 4
  • 2007 Texas Bluebird Society Calendar
  • Annual Meeting at McKinney Roughs—More Than Bluebirds
  • Hand-crafted Nestlog© Provides Unique Bluebird Habitat

Volume 4 - Year 2005

Issue 1
  • NABS 2006 - "Red, White & Bluebirds"
  • True Blue Friend plaques - New!
  • Plumage, molt crucial to "feathers" - by JOHN C. ARVIN
  • Winter bluebird nests? - by KEITH KRIDLER
  • February's "To Do" List for Bluebirds
  • Happy Blue Year! - by Pauline Tom
Issue 2
  • Wills Point Bluebird Festival - April 23
  • TBS Bluebird Ambassadors promote TBS mission
  • Nesting season underway for bluebirds... and wrens!
  • Many due thanks for helping feather the TBS nest
  • NABS 2006 - "Red, White & Bluebirds"
  • New coordinator needed for "Start with Five"
  • Bluebird moms are unflappable
  • Bird Butter with Natural Ingredients
Issue 3
  • NABS 2006 announced for San Antonio, Texas
  • NABS 2006 CONVENTION SONG
  • Wills Point Bluebird Festival was winderful
  • Secrets from inside the nestbox
  • NABS 2006 "Red, White & Bluebirds"
  • Groesbeck Nestbox Trail
  • How's NABS 2006 coming along?
  • President's Column
  • House sparrows are bluebird killers
Issue 4
  • TBS annual convention is Saturday, October 29, at Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne
  • Snake poses mysterious problem in nestbox
  • Fire Ants: major threat
Issue 5
  • You can help TBS!
  • Bluebirding in Tyler County, A personal story - by Thomas M. Wheeler, M.D.
  • TBS Annual Convention, October 29th 2006, Cibolo Nature Center, Boerne - Afterglow

Volume 3 - Year 2004

Issue 1
  • HELP WANTED NOW & LATER
  • To Tree or Not to Tree?
  • NEST, EGG & FEATHER COLLECTIONS: not for hobbyists - by Clifford Shackelford
  • House Sparrow Nests & Eggs good ONLY for display
  • TBS BOOTHS - by LeAnn Sharp
  • Bluebird Season is warming up!
  • Come join in on the TBS Bluebird Booth fun!
Issue 2
  • Wills Point Bluebird Festival ... TBS moves up to front and center!!!!
  • Dates in 2004 for Annual Events
  • WHY ARE BLUEBIRD EGGS BLUE? by Megan Miller
  • INSTRUCTIONS FOR "WEEKLY FIELD WORKSHEET"
  • From the TransTexas Nestbox Network
  • What is the "TransTexas Nestbox Network"?
  • Financial Report - Year 2003
Issue 3
  • On-line Season Summary Form Debuts SOON
  • Bluebird Symposium
  • BLUEBIRD FIDELITY By Megan Miller
  • Shared Nesting by John M. Cys
  • From the TransTexas Nestbox Network...
  • Welcome to the new president, Doug Rohde! by Pauline Tom
Issue 4
  • TBS is preparing for its annual Convention!
  • TBS has another major calendar date ... the Texas Parks & Wildlife Expo
  • Decisions, decisions: Should you to rush out and build (or buy) a horizontal nestbox (or not)
  • Keith Kridler encourages bluebirders to keep up the good work in the off-season in a variety of activities
  • Our thoughts are steering toward to an event 18 months away ... the North American Bluebird Society Convention
Issue 5
  • Unveiled! New TBS Logo
  • Launched! Nestbox Dedication Plaques
  • ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER
Issue 6
  • Bluebird Trail Brings Christmas Gifts With Meaning
  • AFTERGLOW
  • From the President's Kitchen

Volume 2 - Year 2003

Issue 1
  • TBS Partners with 5th Graders of Douglas Intermediate in Sulphur Springs
  • HEAT-SHIELD EXPERIMENT - Protecting Bluebird Boxes from the Sweltering Texas Heat - by David Shiels
  • Texas Bluebird Society Applies for Conservation Action Grants - by Mark Klym
  • President's Corner - by Pauline Tom
  • Will Bluebirds Use the Same Nestbox in Repeated Years? - by Keith Kridler
  • Did You Know
  • Wills Point Bluebird Festival Saturday, April 26th
Issue 2
  • FOLLOW-UP ON HEATSHIELD...
  • Texas Bluebirds Society Website Upgrade
  • Visit us at the Wills Point Bluebird Festival - Saturday, April 26th
  • Is TBS Still Active?
  • TBS in Print
  • Visit us at the Wills Point Bluebird Festival
  • Texas selected to host North American Bluebird Society Convention in 2006!!
Issue 3
  • David Shiels makes Presentation at Wills Point Bluebird Festival
  • Snakes are active!
  • An entry in the nature journal of Keith Kridler, Mount Pleasant Texas
  • CONDUCTING SCIENTIFIC EXPERIMENTS - A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO SUCCESS - by R. David Shiels
  • Interested in conducting experiments on your own by recording nestbox temperatures?
  • Participate in research by monitoring weekly and sharing nesting data at season end.
  • Saturday, August 9 2003 TBS Mid-Year Event - Gulf Coast Bluebird Symposium
  • Saturday, November 15th TBS Annual Convention - LCRA Riverside Conference Center near Bastrop's Fisherman Park
  • President's Corner - by Pauline Tom
Issue 4
  • Please hold on to your trail results
  • Test Your BLUE IQ
  • Find Home at Sky Creek Ranch - by Stephen Best, Golf Course Superintendent
  • President's Corner - by Pauline Tom
  • Getting to Know the TBS Board Members who serve you
Issue 5
  • Keith Kridler receives CORNERSTONE award
  • Test Your BLUE IQ
  • Resilience of bluebird embryos astonishes researcher
  • Life is tweet to bluebirders
  • How many eggs in the bird? How many birds in the egg?
  • LeAnn Sharp, nominee, Board Member election on November 15th
  • Love lasts with bluebirds
Issue 6
  • Be There for the Blues!
  • TIDBITS, a report from the convention - by Lysle Mockler
  • President's Corner - by Pauline Tom
  • Special thanks to Billy & Ricky Walker for $400 gift
  • Special thanks to ExxonMobil and Doug & Karen Rohde for $2,000 gift
  • The Silent Auction

Volume 1 - Year 2002

Issue 1
  • NEW HORNSBY BEND BLUEBIRD TRAIL IN AUSTIN!
  • DID YOU KNOW...
  • President's Corner - by Pauline Tom
  • CHOOSING A NESTBOX - by Keith Kridler
  • Kaufman's Boy Scout Troop 332 Assists TBS and TP&W in building a Bluebird Trail - by David Shiels
  • North American Bluebird Society Convention
  • Texas Bluebird Society Spring Event - April 19-21, 2002
  • BLUEBIRD HOUSE DAY
  • Planning
  • Planning The Future
Issue 2
  • The Birds are Nesting, and That Means Monitoring Time
  • Did You Know
  • Texas Bluebird Society Spring Event
  • Smart Monitoring... by the Eastern Bluebird Nesting Cycle - by Doug Rohde
  • Handy Monitoring Items Gear you might carry - by Kate Oschwald
  • lease keep records!
Issue 3
  • THE MONITORING QUESTION - by Mark Klym
  • Did you know?
  • SNAKE PREDATION - by Kate Oschwald
  • President's Corner - by Pauline Tom
  • Ants in the NestboxBluebirds in the Classroom - by Carol Matthews
Issue 4
  • Ants in the NestboxBluebirds in the Classroom - by Carol Matthews
  • WINTERING BLUEBIRDS IN TEXAS - by R. David Shiels
  • President's Corner - by Pauline Tom
  • What will I experience at "Celebration of Texas Blue(bird)s"?
  • TBS Celebration of Texas Blue(bird)s
  • July / August Checklist
  • Preparing the Yard for Winter Birds - by Mark Klym
  • NABS Convention 2002 Report
  • Help Wanted
Issue 5
  • Set Up a Birdbath - by Kate Oschwald
  • Did You Know
  • President's Corner - by Pauline Tom
  • NATURAL FRUITS AND BERRIES FOR BIRDS - by Keith Kridler
  • To Feed or Not to Feed - by Mark Klym
  • RAISING MEALWORMS - by Doug Rohde
Issue 6
  • A Celebration Answers Many Questions - by Mark Klym
  • Photos of a Celebration!
  • President's Corner - by Pauline Tom
  • Silent Auction a Great Success - by Doug Rohde
  • Celebration Field Trip Finds Interesting Central Texas Birds - by Kate Oschwald
  • Grants Offer Opportunity For Study, Growth - by Mark Klym