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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* known as the "Texas Nestbox." We have built over 13,000 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."

When you shop with AmazonSmile.com, a portion of the proceeds go to the Texas Bluebird Society.

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Upcoming Events See details of each event and past event

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

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.


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.

(Posted: 11/07/2013)

Texas Blues - Volume 14, Issue 4 - October - 2015

Young Alec Wyatt Inspires Everyone!

Summer Symposium Highlights

Native Plants are for the Birds - Carolina snailseed

Why Not Food Trails

Happy Trails to You and the Bluebirds

Ted & Friends Attract Bluebirds At Champions Golf Course

Musings From The Master... You Ask - Keith Answers

Lessons from our neighbors - Nests to Die For - Open Pipes



Only  32 Days
until the
2016 Symposium

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Mission Statement

To spread “Bluebirds (and other native cavity-nesting birds) Across Texas ... one nestbox at a time” - through education; and, the installation of “NestWatch’d” nestboxes in appropriate habitat; and, sustaining and increasing their natural food supply (insects and berries of native plants) - while enjoying the process and the bluebirds.

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