Texas Bluebird Society
The 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).
TBS presents two educational events each year: our Season Kickoff in February and our Summer Symposium in August. Come join us for great information from our presenters, enjoy the outstanding camaraderie of other bluebirders, and participate in our FUNdraising auctions. 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 to see our activities.
At the heart of TBS efforts is the construction, distribution, and sale of a "well-suited for Texas" bluebird nestbox,* known as the "Texas Nestbox." We have built over 10,000 nestboxes since 2002. This is quite an accomplishment. Think of the difference TBS is making in preserving, studying, and promoting these beautiful birds.
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."
Saturday, 03/01/2014 - TBS 2014 Season Kickoff - Bastrop, TX
Saturday, 03/22/2014 - 3rd Annual Fort Worth Earth Party - Fort Worth, TX
News & Announcements
2014 Season Kickoff in historical Bastrop, Texas – It's more than Saturday, March 1st!
Texas Bluebird Society 2014 Season Kickoff will be held in Bastrop TX, just 30 miles southeast of Austin. Bastrop was founded as a fort on the banks of the Colorado River by Spanish soldiers in 1804. A small settlement was established in 1832 and incorporated under Texas laws in 1837. The town was named for Felipe Enrique Neri, Baron of Bastrop, who turned out to be an imposter and embezzler in the Netherlands. A fire in 1862 destroyed much of the downtown area and therefore the buildings downtown are post Civil War.
The Season Kickoff will be held on March 1st from 9 pm to 3 pm. The Kickoff will take place at the Bastrop Convention & Exhibit Center with plenty of room for our featured speakers Robyn Bailey and Dr. Patricia A Gowaty, for lunch, and for our not-to-be-missed FUNdraising Silent Auction.
Ms. Bailey is with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, managing the NestWatch program. Dr. Gowaty is with the University of California Los Angeles and is considered to be the "world's foremost" researcher on bluebirds. Dr. Gowaty will join us via Skype. Bill Lindemann will also be with us to talk about the importance of native plants for shelter, food and a place to raise young. Other presentations include Bluebird Basics, House Sparrow Control and more. There is something for bluebirders of all ages and experience!
On Friday, February 28th, please join us for a Special Friday Evening Social. Happy Hour starts at 6pm with byob drinks. Margaritas are available for a donation. After a delicious buffet dinner at 7pm, Paul and Georgean Kyle will give a presentation on Chimney Swifts.
On Sunday, March 2nd, Paul and Georgean Kyle have invited up to 14 people out to the Audubon Society's Chaetura Canyon Field Trip. This is a special opportunity to see the nature preserve and the towers that have been built for the Chimney Swifts. For more information about this field trip, click here. To register for this field trip, click here.
We've negotiated a special rate ($99.00) for Kickoff attendees at the Hampton Inn in Bastrop. Just call (512) 321-2898 and ask for the Texas Bluebird Society Group Rate.
Bastrop had 131 buildings admitted to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, earning it the title of "Most Historic Small Town in Texas". In 2010, the National Trust for Historic Preservation gave Bastrop "Distinctive Destination" title for preserving its historic character.
There are many things to see and do in Bastrop including historic home tours. Be sure to check out the Museum & Visitor Center of the Bastrop County Historical Society, 904 Main Street and at www.visitbastroptx.com.
Click here and scroll down to 2014 Season Kickoff for more information, link to online registration or registration form.
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 twart 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.