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 Native Plant Berries) (PDF)
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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!".
* Note: A "nestbox" may be called "birdhouse" or "nesting box."
Come, learn and work and enjoy with us. Join us in our efforts to promote "Bluebirds across Texas . . . one nestbox at a time!".
Upcoming Events See details of each upcoming and past event
Texas Bluebird Society events are likely cancelled for the remainder of 2020, but check back here often for updates.
Combat Texas Challenges (Posted: 11/07/2013)
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).
HELP TO COMBAT TEXAS HEAT
Texas Bluebird Society recommends the addition of white or light-colored paint to weathered nestboxes, unless they are shaded from late afternoon sun. 2011 heat studies conclusively revealed that as a nestbox darkens with age, the interior temperatures jump dramatically.
A set of HeatShields is another effective way to protect your nestbox from the Texas heat. 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" tab on the Resources page.