Congratulations to Donna Piercy, the 2015 Bluebird of the Year, and Ken Ray, recipient of the 2015 Blue Feather Award!
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).
The Society also presents an educational event each year. Our next event is Summer Symposium, August 8th, 2015 in Bryan. Come join over 100 bluebirders for great information from our presenters, enjoy the outstanding camaraderie of other bluebirders, and participate in our FUNdraising auction. 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 11,000 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."
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Four Corners Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas
August 17, 2015 (7pm)
Presenter: Keith Krindler
Southwest Center, Northeast Texas Community College
3222 W. Seventh St. , Mt. Pleasant, Texas, 75455
Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas Meeting
Thursday, September 10, 2015 (7 p.m.)
Cherry Park Community Center
313 Davis Street, Weatherford, TX 76086
Attracting Bluebirds to Your Garden
Thursday, October 1, 2015 (10 a.m.)
Presenter: Linda Crum
Arbor Gate Nursery
15635 FM 2920 Rd, Tomball, TX 77377
Women in the Outdoors (National Wildlife Turkey Federation)
September 26, 2015
Presenter: Keith Krindler
Northeast Texas Community College
Mt. Pleasant, Texas, 75455
Central Texas Master Naturalists Nature Fest
Saturday, October 10, 2015 (11 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Bend of the River
7915 S General Bruce Dr, Temple, TX 76502
50th Annual Peanut Festival
Saturday October 17, 2015 (8am-10pm)
Downtown Whitesboro, TX
Saturday, March 26, 2016 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Bastrop Convention Center
1408 Chestnut St, Bastrop, TX 7860
News & Announcements
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.