LINKS & RESOURCES

Links & Resources

There are many many resources for learning more about Bluebirds Here are just a few that we’ve found to be most helpful: If you’ve found other resources you would like to see included on this page, please visit our Contact page and let us know about them!

BLUEBIRD INFORMATION:
The Bluebird Nut Cafe – our own Bluebird Forum for Bluebird lovers.
North American Bluebird Society
The Bluebird Box (Audubon Society of Omaha)
Nestwatch (Cornell Lab of Ornithology Facebook)
American Bird Conservancy (home of the “Cats Indoors” pledge)
Woodstock Conservation Commission
Sialis.org
The Curious Naturalist – (Formerly Arlene Ripley’s nestbox)
Attracting Eastern Bluebirds – Ed Nied
Fawzi Emad’s Bluebird page
Wendell Long – Bluebird photographs
Christy’s Bluebird Project
The Bluebirding Forum on Garden Web

 

SEQUENCE OF EVENTS

Eastern Bluebird MountainBluebird Western Bluebird Tree Swallow
INCUBATION 12-18days 12-16days 13-17 days 13-16 days
FLEDGING 16-21 days 14 days+ 14 days + 16-24 days
ENTRANCE HOLE 1 1/2″ 1 9/16″ 1 1/2″ 1 1/2″

HOUSE SPARROW IDENTIFICATION AND CONTROL:

House Sparrows (actually a Weaver Finch, not a sparrow) are deadly predators on Bluebirds – and other cavity nesters. House Sparrows will peck eggs, nestlings, and adult Bluebirds to death. However, it is imperative that other sparrows not be confused with House Sparrows. Only House Sparrows are a threat. To learn what this predator looks like: House Sparrow. For information on House Sparrow control:

NABS Fact Sheet – House Sparrow Control
Sialis.org – an extensive source of information on House Sparrow management
Bluebirding Articles and then click on “House Sparrows by Steve Eno”.

HOUSE SPARROW DETERRENTS AND SPOOKERS

Using Monofilament Fishing Line to Deter House Sparrows (downloadable pdf)
Sparrow Spooker (more general information on using Sparrow Spookers)
NOTE: it imperative that, when adding ANYTHING to a nestbox, with an in-process nesting, the box must be watched for at least a half-hour to assure that the adult birds have accepted the change. If the adults do not accept the change, un-do it.

HOUSE SPARROW TRAPS

Our favorite in-box trap: Van Ert Traps also available here at our sister site, TMB Studios Van Ert Traps
Our favorite repeating ground trap: Deluxe Repeating Sparrow Trap also available here at our sister site, TMB Studios Deluxe Repeating Sparrow Trap

INFORMATION ON OTHER CAVITY NESTERS:

Purple Martin Conservation Association
Purple Martin Society
Tree Swallow Nest Box Projects

HOUSE WRENS

A protected species, the House Wren, is also a predator on Bluebird eggs and hatchlings. It is important to understand, that of all wrens only the House Wren is a danger to other cavity nesting passerines. After claiming his nesting territory, the male House Wren will place twigs/sticks in every cavity (e.g. nestbox) he can find. Often, in this process, he will puncture or toss another bird’s eggs or hatchlings and place his twigs/sticks on top of the existing nest. He sings to attract a female. When she arrives, the male House Wren will show her all of his nest-starts. She will pick one that she finishes into a final nest for her eggs. Then the other nest-starts, which are now (and ONLY now) considered to be “dummy nests”, may be removed. Removal of stick deposits at any point before a final nest is chosen is illegal nest tampering. If one has house wrens visiting blue boxes, wren guards should be tried. Once the male house wren has started nests, the starts can’t be disturbed. SO, the only legal effort at this point is prevention by trying wren guards.

House Wren ID and Song on YouTube
Cornell House Wren ID and Song
The Great Wren Debate

The first step in protecting against House Wrens in Bluebird nestboxes is to site the boxes out in the open at least 100 feet away from wooded areas. However, as wrens over-populate their preferred nesting habitats they are known to move out to those open areas and attack Bluebird and tree swallow habitats. … and, nestboxes in areas with trees are the usually preferred of chickadees who are also at risk of house wren attacks. In such instances, maybe – just maybe – a wren guard will be helpful. Information about the guard developed by the late Mr. Robert Orthwein can be found here: Wren Guard

Mr. Orthwein’s information stops in the late 1990s with his passing. However, many of his expert protégé’s have since gone on to use Wren Guards – for bluebird nestings – with great success. From what I can find, public information on any possible research about tree swallow acceptance of wren guards is non-existent.

NOTE: it is imperative that, when adding ANYTHING to a nestbox, with an in-process nesting, the box must be watched for at least a half-hour to assure that the adult birds have accepted the change. If the adults do not accept the change, un-do it.

EUROPEAN STARLINGS

Another artificially introduced unprotected species, starlings are usually (but not always) too big to fit through a bluebird sized entrance hole. However, some starlings are able to fully fit through the entrance hole.

Most starlings that visit a bluebird-size nestbox will hang onto the box front and just stick their head into the box. Starlings will eat eggs and toss hatchlings if they can be reached. A starling’s reach will be the length of its beak plus the length of its head plus the length of neck-stretching it can do. This reach can easily be 4 or more inches.

Methods for deterring starlings from bluebird-size nestboxes:

assure that the diameter of the entrance hole is true to North American Bluebird Society specifications: 1.5 inches for Eastern and Western Bluebirds; 1 9/16 inches for Mountain Bluebirds;
a box whose floor is at least 7.5″ from the bottom of the entrance hole;
an external hole guard to increase the depth of the entrance hole;
internal predator pegs.

COWBIRDS

Cowbirds are nest-site parasitic birds – they do not build their own nests. Rather, they deposit their eggs in the nests of other birds. Often, the cowbird will toss an egg of the nest owner before depositing its egg. A cowbird egg in a Bluebird nest is rare, but does occur. Maybe this information will help identify if a mystery egg in a Bluebird nest came from a cowbird. Cowbird Eggs

Pretty much … the history on cowbirds … they used to roam the great planes of the “wild west” with massive herds of buffalo … picking bugs and parasites off of those exquisite creatures. As such, cowbirds helped the buffalo. Because of this nomadic life, cowbirds weren’t in one spot long enough to nest. So they deposited their eggs in the nests of other birds and then moved on. When the massive herds of buffalo died off … cowbirds were stuck with their ‘roaming’ nature, but nowhere to roam. Now … they still often grace herds of cows with their bug & parasite picking nature … but … they’ve become a “nuisance”. Terribly sad; sort of a pain in the butt. Cowbirds usually toss one egg of the host clutch and lay their egg in its place. Sometimes cowbirds will parasitize the same nest twice. Some host birds will abandon their nests when a cowbird egg shows up in their nest. Many birds will raise the cowbird as their own. Sometimes this ‘adopted’ baby is so big, compared to the others in the host nest, that the other chicks die of starvation as the adults try to feed the ravenous appetite of the cowbird chick. While cowbirds most often parasitize an open nest, they have been known to manage to get into a nestbox and parasitize bluebird nestings. Some reports say a single cowbird female lays between 60-80 eggs each year.

WHO IS NESTING IN MY BOX?

The two nest identification field guides mentioned above are the best. A site with some clearer pictures of nests of the most common tenants: Nests

WHAT HAPPENED???!!!!

All too sadly, some predator raids a bluebird nestbox. Sometimes we find just an empty nest that had eggs or babies; sometimes there are remains; sometimes destruction. Of course, we rarely get to see ‘who’ the predator was. But, sometimes clues are left. Check the chart at the site below for hints as to what the predator might have been.

We just love this chart!

“Predators and Problems on the Bluebird Trail”.

NEST BOXES, FEEDERS, AND TRAPS

Ahlgren Construction Company -nestboxes, feeders, traps

12989 Otchipwe Ave. N.
Stillwater , MN 55082
(651) 430-0031
Bluebird Nut Mealworm Feeder – Now known as the BBF-1, this feeder is our own design, now being manufactured by Erva Tool. Starling-proof mealworm feeder for Bluebirds and small songbirds.

Sparrowtraps.net – The Deluxe Repeating Sparrow Trap

TMB Studios – Nestboxes, feeders, birdbaths, predator control products – you name it!

Cedar Valley Live traps:

Zell Olsen
8128 Blaisdell Ave. So.
Bloomington, MN 55420
For Gilbertson Boxes and traps:

Steve Gilbertson
35900 Dove Street
Aitkin, MN 56431
218-927-1953
Droll Yankee Window Feeder at the Big Red Nature Store
Van Ert Traps
Huber Trap

The Purple Martin Conservation Association also sells Bluebird nestboxes and house sparrow and starling traps.

BUILD IT YOURSELF PLANS, INSTRUCTIONS, DIAGRAMS

NABS Nestbox Plans
Gilbertson’s Nestbox and nestbox traps
Peterson Style nestbox
Stovepipe Predator Baffle
Mel Bolt Sparrow Trap
Emergency Sparrow Trap by Steve Gruenke
Bauldry Sparrow Trap
Sparrow Spooker

MEALWORMS:

It is usually not “necessary” to offer mealworms to Bluebirds. However, in times of cold and/or prolonged-wet weather snaps with a nest full of babies or if one of the adult birds is lost during nesting, mealworms can make the difference in the survival of the babies. It also encourages the Bluebirds to consider your property a good place to nest.

TMB Studios
Reptile Food
1 800 222 3563 GRUBCO
1 800 634 1558 NABS
1 800 777 9676 Rainbow Mealworms

“SUET” RECIPES

While Bluebirds prefer insects, after much patience (like a couple of years) they sometimes learn to enjoy mixtures made of a fat source, peanut butter, and some dry ingredients. In the meantime, these recipes will be adored by woodpeckers, chickadees, titmice, juncos, cardinals, etc.

The Suet-Lard-Shortening question
A question has been raised concerning the best source of fat to be used in these homemade “suet” recipes. The experts do not all agree on this issue. More research is yet to be done on the matter. There is some concern that suet (raw fat from cows or sheep) goes rancid too quickly. There is also concern that pure rendered suet, otherwise known as tallow, may be too high in saturated fats to be readily digested by birds. There are concerns about using hydrogenated vegetable shortening because of the trans fatty acids created in the process. Some concerns have also been expressed about vegetable oil having a laxative effect on birds. There is some suggestion that using a combination rendered suet and peanut butter, lard, or vegetable oil may result in a better product for the birds’ health.

Bluebird Nut’s Own Recipe
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
2 cups quick cook oats
2 cups cornmeal
1 cup lard
1 cup white or whole-wheat flour
1/3 cup sugar
Optional: chopped nuts, raisins, dried fruit, up to 1 cup. Melt lard and peanut butter in microwave, add remaining ingredients. Form into softball-sized balls. Store in freezer until ready to use, then microwave for 15-30 seconds, and crumble into dish or on platform feeder.

I also make a double recipe. I got about sixteen softball-sized balls from my last double batch.

Malinda’s Recipe
1 cup Lard
1 cup Crunchy Peanut Butter
1 cup Cornmeal
3 cups Oats (“Quaker” cereal type)
1 cup Sugar (less is ok, but the full cup is great for a winter calorie boost in cold climates) Melt lard and peanut butter together (microwave works fine). Stir until blended. In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients, except for the oatmeal. Then, pour-in the melted lard/PB. Next, start adding the oatmeal 3 or so cups at a time. The “suet” should be thick. You may add extra oats if it is not thick enough. Pour the mixture into a greased pan (or glass pans – no extra greasing needed), cool in refrigerator and cut or spoon into the proper shape for your feeder. If you don’t use it up quickly it can be frozen until needed. I also add extra chopped peanuts, chopped raisins, chopped sunflower hearts, and powdered sterilized eggshells.

Brenda’s super mix:
1 5 pound can of Crisco*
1 large jar crunchy peanut butter
Melt over low heat and remove pot from stove.
Stir in 5 pounds of corn meal.
Add 3 pounds of white flour.
Stir until mixture is a flaky consistency. You can add or subtract flour as desired. “I store this concoction in a large Tupperware holder on my counter. I also freeze it. I mold this mixture into a standard basket-type suet hanging feeder also.”
Bluebird Banquet Recipe (Linda Janilla Peterson)©
MIX 1 cup peanut butter
4 cups yellow cornmeal
1 cup unbleached or whole-wheat flour
ADD 1 cup fine sunflower seed chips
1 cup peanut hearts (or finely ground nuts)
1/2-1 cup Zante currants (or raisins cut in halves)
DRIZZLE and STIR IN 1 cup rendered, melted suet
Cool.

Resulting mix will be crumbly and should have bean/pea sized lumps from the drizzling of the melted suet. If too sticky after cooling, mix in a bit more flour. If too dry, drizzle in more melted suet. Refrigerate any mix you are not using – to prevent suet from turning rancid.

I use a commercial pure bird suet cake. You can render your own suet. Grind or cube butcher store suet. Melt over low heat. Watch carefully as suet is a fat and can start on fire with too high heat. A microwave can be used. Strain out the stringy bits (cracklings). Cool.

NOTE: Some say you can use solid shortening* for the suet and it works fine. This mixture is very popular with Bluebirders.

Nutritional analysis: Protein 12.7%, Carbohydrates 45.9%, Fat 32.7%, Fiber 5.9%
Bluebird Meal (Bluebird, Journal of the NABS, Vol.21, No.1)
5 parts old-fashioned oatmeal
1 part corn syrup
1 part peanut butter
1 part bacon grease, melted suet, or lard
Mix well and put into 1″ holes drilled into a suspended log suet feeder.

Bluebird Monitor’s Guide (Page 75)
4 cups cornmeal, yellow preferred
1 cup unbleached flour
1 cup peanut butter (without sodium and sugar added)
Mix well. Add:
1 cup sunflower chips
1 cup ground peanuts (unsalted, of course)
1/2 to 1 cup currants or stewed and chopped raisins
Mix well again. Then, add:
1 cup melted lard (preferred), or suet. Mix again.
The mixture should be somewhat crumbly and not too moist. Store it in plastic bags or containers in the refrigerator, or in the freezer for longer term.

This is a very nutritious treat which many songbirds love, especially our Bluebirds.

Janie May’s Recipe
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 cup of lard (melt both for about 1 minutes in microwave).
Add
1 cup of yellow corn meal
1 cup of sugar
2 cups of instant regular flavor oatmeal (comes in packets and takes 6 packets).
Throw in some extra peanuts if you want.
When stirring this, it should get very thick and hard to stir….that means it’s right! You can form it into suet blocks and feed it in suet feeders or put it in a bowl inside a Bluebird feeder. I refrigerate mine and it will last forever. I usually make two batches at a time. The sugar is a good energy source for winter suet feeding. This is only a small sampling of the many recipes used by Bluebirders all over the country. If you are looking for a particular recipe and didn’t find it here, try Sialis.org’s Suet Recipe page.

 

NEST BOX MONITORING:

Bluebird conservation requires monitoring nestboxes once they are in place. For information on the proper way to monitor your nestbox see the NABS Monitoring Fact Sheet.

LIST OF COMMON BIRD ACRONYMS:

A very extensive list is available in the form of a downloadable 8-page pdf document here: Bird name alpha codes
Just a few for birds that are interested in nestboxes: EABL = Eastern Bluebird
MOBL = Mountain Bluebird
WEBL = Western Bluebird
AMKE = American Kestrel
ATFL = Ash-throated Flycatcher
BCCH = Black-capped Chickadee
BHNU = Brown-headed Nuthatch
CACH = Carolina Chickadee
CAWR = Carolina Wren
CBCH = Chestnut-backed Chickadee
EASO = Eastern Screech Owl
EUST = European Starling
GCFL = Great Crested Flycatcher
HOSP = House Sparrow
HOWR = House Wren
HOME = Hooded Merganser
NOFL = Northern Flicker
MOCH = Mountain Chickadee
PROW = Prothonotary Warbler
PUMA = Purple Martin
RBNU = Red-breasted Nuthatch
TRES = Tree Swallow
TUTI = Tufted Titmouse
VGSW = Violet-Green Swallow
WBNU = White-breasted Nuthatch
WODU = Wood Duck

PESTS, PREDATORS AND DISEASES

BLOWFLY INFORMATION
The larvae of the blowfly is a parasite on hatchlings and nestlings. Blowfly larvae seem more common when outdoor temperatures are warm. Therefore, first-nestings may be larvae-free. The adult blowfly lays its eggs in the nesting material. The larvae will survive only when there are baby birds in the nest as the larvae need the birds’ blood to eat and grow. (Note: the larvae try to attack the adult birds, but the adult birds pick them off.) Usually, by the time these whitish-gray larvae are clearly visible they have already done much of their damage. A major infestation of blowfly larvae can be hazardous to baby birds because of the extent of blood loss when other nesting factors (food rarity, extra cold or extra hot, etc.) are extreme.

The earlier these larvae are found, the better for hatchlings and nestlings. Sometimes, by gently rubbing through the ‘dust’ on the box floor – under the nest – blowfly larvae can be felt before they can be seen (they really blend in with that dust!).

Common methods for trying to control these larvae:

Use of a hardware cloth screen on the nestbox floor to keep the nest about a half-inch off the box floor. Debate about these screens include mention that by the time the larvae are heavy enough to fall out of the nest and through the screen, they’ve done most of their damage to the baby birds.

The nest may need replacing. (Note: technically, this is illegal. But then, technically, most of what monitoring calls for is illegal.) This may be necessary repeated times for the same nesting as new blowfly eggs are laid and hatch in as little as 36-48 hours. Moving the baby birds from the infested nest to the replacement nest can be dangerous to the baby birds’ soft bones. One key factor about moving nestlings … don’t “roll” them.

Low-level (0.03 – 0.1%) pyrethrin pesticide can be used under the nest. However, this is a toxin and is considered a choice of last resort.

Check Blowfly Information and Research to learn about this parasite and the Bird Nest Research project. This site shows interesting pictures of blowfly larvae of varying sizes as they grow. This research project needs nests from which baby birds have fledged and is for the main purpose of examination of the nests to determine the occurrence of parasites such as blowfly larvae, mites, etc.

ANTS & MITES
Ants frequently invade Bluebird nestboxes, and can sometimes cause a problem with biting the nestlings.
Prevention:

One product that has proven effective in discouraging these pests is Tree Tanglefoot Pest Barrier, available at lawn and garden centers, nurseries, hardware stores and gardening catalogs. Sialis.org suggests wrapping green garden tape around the mounting pole, then applying the Tanglefoot to the tape. It may need to be reapplied periodically, as it loses its effectiveness.

A small moat can be placed around the bottom of the mounting pole (e.g. a “Bundt” style baking pan fit down over the pole)

Vaseline or a mixture of turpentine & lithium grease may be painted in a ring around the mounting pole (under the baffle so as to prevent blue feathers from coming into contact)

Cotton swabs dipped into Terro and then stapled to the outside of the box bottom.

Solution: If a severe infestation has already occurred, a replacement nest may be the only option.

Mites: mites are rare for bluebirds, common for Tree Swallows (TRES). Providing TRES with all their feathers for nesting can prevent mite infestations. This is probably unrealistic for large trails. Then the nest replacing and pyrethrin as described for ants could be tried.

PAPER WASPS
Paper wasps like to build their houses inside nestboxes and birdhouses. Don’t let them! If wasps are allowed to build in a nestbox, adult bluebirds could be induced to abandon a nesting as wasps will attack the adult birds, hatchlings, and nestlings. Deterrents to wasps building in a nestbox include smearing a very thin layer of Vaseline on the ceiling of the box or smearing a very thin layer of a high-fat bar soap. If done after a nesting is in process, great care must be exercised to not drop any Vaseline or soap into the nest, onto eggs, or onto babies.

HANTA VIRUS Hanta Virus is a serious, sometimes lethal, disease contracted – by human – from the droppings of certain mice. Since mice often nest inside Bluebird nestboxes, it is important to know how to properly deal with cleaning a box in which a potentially infectious mouse nested. CDC Hanta Virus

WEST NILE VIRUS
West Nile disease is killing birds. Believed to be spread by bites of infected mosquitoes and bird-to-bird contact this virus and its disease are of concern to the birding world everywhere. Keep up to date on the spread and what can be done. CDC West Nile Virus

RACCOONS

Nestboxes offered in any area even thought to have raccoons should be on baffled poles. Although no baffle is 100% guaranteed, this is a highly effective baffle and very simple to make.

This same baffle is helpful against skunks and opossum as well. With well-fit hardware cloth (or other solid cap), it can also help against squirrels, chipmunks, mice, and rats … as long as those critters cannot otherwise jump to the box.

For any baffle – before mounting (and annually) it might be helpful to spray inside it with a ‘no-stick’ cooking spray to help deter paper wasps from building inside the baffle.

SNAKES
Snakes are too common of predators on nestboxes. Because snakes can ‘stand’ 3/4 of their own length, snakes often easily by-pass raccoon baffles. In snake-prone areas, a large Zeleny Baffle (“skirt” or cone baffle) may help (download NABS Predator Control Fact Sheet, which includes information on the Zeleny Baffle), but may not. Some snakes are able to slither straight up vertical surfaces with no difficulty. There are some effective pole-mounted snake traps … in that the traps catch the snakes. All are lethal to the snake, unless watched constantly to immediately free the snake. Because these traps are usually lethal to a protected species, I’m opting to not list any links here.

However, most often, the adult birds see a snake long before it is at the box (i.e. anywhere near the trap). If there are babies in the box, at the mere sighting of a snake, the adults will make extreme efforts to fledge the ‘kids’. If the ‘kids’ are of any age passed open-eyes they will make every effort to heed the adults’ panic call. Unless the ‘kids’ are of full fledging age they will otherwise fledge prematurely and most often drop right to the ground into the snake’s path.

Keeping grass well trimmed within a large perimeter of the box might well be the best deterrent for snakes. However, that’s piddlin’ little protection against a snake.

Perhaps, the most important concern … in any area prone to snakes, the monitor should always exercise care when opening a nestbox. To be ‘greeted’ by a coiled snake in a box is an unnerving experience.

Havahart is a great resource that provides people with help & advice, access to experts, and a variety of caring control solutions that people may need to solve their animal control problem.

STATE and LOCAL Bluebird SOCIETY WEBSITES and/or CONTACT INFORMATION:

This listing was updated January 2013, and is accurate to the best of our knowledge. If you wish to suggest any updates or corrections, please contact us.

Arkansas

Bella Vista Bluebird Society*
c/o Leon Wehmeyer
15 Banff Ln
Bella Vista, AR 72715
Tel: 479 855 1642

California

California Bluebird Recovery* Program
Contact: Dick Blaine
22284 N De Anza Circle Cupertino CA 95014
Phone: 408.257.6410

Palos Verdes South Bay Audubon Society*
2010 1/2 Pullman Lane
Redondo Beach CA 90278 Phone: 310.483.8192

Southern California Bluebird Club*
5121 Hamer Lane
Placentia CA 92870-3650 Phone: 714.692.9683
Colorado

Colorado Bluebird Project*

Audubon Society of Greater Denver
9308 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
Littleton, CO 80128
303-973-9530

Florida

Florida Bluebird Society*
Contact: Bill Pennewill
PO Box 1086
Penny Farms FL 32079

Georgia

Bluebirds Over Georgia
Contact: Frances Sawyer
5858 Silver Ridge Dr.
Stone Mountain GA 30087
Tel: 770-469-6672

Idaho

Our Bluebird Ranch*
Leola Roberts
152 N 200 E.
Blackfoot ID 83221
Tel: 208-782-9676

Rocky Mountain Blues*
Contact: David Richmond
HC67 Box 680
Clayton ID 83227
Tel: 208-838-2431
Illinois

Illinois Jo Daviess County
Bluebird Recovery Program*
Dick Bach
9262 Fitzsimmons Rd
Stockton IL 61085
Phone: 815.947.2661

East Central Illinois Bluebird Society*
Contact: Paul or Janice Thode
1234 Tucker Beach Road
Paris IL 61944
Tel: 217-834-3050

Southern Illinois Audubon Society*
Laraine Wright
PO Box 222
Carbondale IL 62903-0222
Phone: 618-457-8769

Indiana

Indiana Bluebird Society*
P.O. Box 134
Rensselaer IN 47978-0134
Tel: (219) 866-3081
Contact: Ken Murray

Brown County Bluebird Society*
Contact: Dan Sparks
P. O. Box 660
Nashville, IN 47448
fax 360/361-3704
phone 812/988-1876

Iowa

Johnson County Songbird Project*
Contact: Jim Walters
1033 E Washington
Iowa City IA 52240-5248
Phone: (319) 466-1134

Bluebirds of Iowa Restoration*
Contact: Jaclyn Hill
2946 Ubben Avenue
Ellsworth, IA 50075-7554
Tel: 515-836-4579
Iowa Bluebird Conservationists (IBC)*Contact: Jerad Getter
P.O. Box 302
Griswold, IA 51535
Tel: 712-624-9433 (H)
Tel: 712-527-9685 (W)
Kansas

Kaw Valley Bluebird Assoc., Inc.
1329 KASOLD DR APT M1
Lawrence, Kansas 66049
Phone: (785) 843-3039

Kentucky

Kentucky Bluebird Society*
Contact: Philip Tamplin, Jr.
26 Poplar Hill Road
Paducah KY 40207
Phone: 502.895.4737
Cell Phone: 502-426-7500

Louisiana

Louisiana Bayou Bluebird Society*
Contact: Evelyn Cooper
1222 Cook Rd
Delhi LA 71232
Phone: (318) 878-3210

Maine

Mid-Coast Audubon Society*
Contact: Joseph Gray
35 Schooner Street #103 Damariscotta ME 04543
Phone: 207-563-3578

Maryland

Maryland Bluebird Society*
Kathy Kremnitzer
19305 Deer Path
Knoxville MD 21758
Phone: 301.662.7818

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Bluebird Society*
Contact: Henry Denton
726 Montgomery Road
Westfield MA 01085-1090
Phone: (413) 562-0926
Michigan

Michigan Bluebird Society*
Kurt Hagemeister
PO Box 2028
Ann Arbor MI 48106-2028
Phone: 734-663-9746
Cell Phone:
Fax Number: 810-736-8713

Minnesota

Bluebird Recovery Program*
(Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis)
Lance Krog
22035 Penn Ave
Lakeville MN 55044
Phone: 952.469.2054

Mississippi

Mississippi Bluebirds
Contact: Tena Taylor
192 CR 457
Calhoun City MS 38916
Tel: 662-628-1625
Fax: 662-628-1625
Missouri

Missouri Bluebird Society*
Contact: Steve Garr
P.O. Box 105830
Jefferson City MO 65110
Phone: 573.638.2473

Montana

Mountain Bluebird Trails, Inc.*
Contact: Johnny Hanna
P.O. Box 14
Wapiti, WY MT 82450
Phone: 307.587.7064

Nebraska

Bluebirds Across Nebraska*
Contact: Derry Wolford
705 9th AVe
Shenandoah IA 51601
New Hampshire

New Hampshire Bluebird Conspiracy*
Contact: Bruce Burdett
5 Upper Bay Road
Sunapee NH 03782
Tel: 603-763-5705

New Jersey

New Jersey Bluebird Society
Contact: Frank Budney
173 Carolyn Rd
Union NJ 07083-9424
Phone: 908-687-2169

New York

New York State Bluebird Society*
Contact:John Ruska
3149 Witaker Road
Fredonia NY 14063
Phone: 716.679.9676

Schoharie County Bluebird Society*
Contact: Kevin Berner
499 West Richmondville Rd.
Richmondville NY 12149
Tel: 518-294-7196

Bronx River Sound Shore Audubon Society*
Contact: Sandy Morrissey
P. O. Box 1108
Scarsdale NY 10583
Phone: 914-949-2531

Michael Kudish Natural History Preserve
Contact: David Turan
2515 Tower Mountain Rd
Stamford NY 12167
Phone: 607.652.9137

Orleans Bluebird Society
Contact: Gary Kent
3806 Allen’s Bridge Rd
Albion NY 14411
Phone: 585.589.5130

North Carolina

North Carolina Bluebird Society*
Contact: Ray Welch
401 Farmbrooke La
Winston-Salem NC 27127-9218 Phone: 336.764.0226

Rutherford County Bluebird Club*
P.O. Box 247
Ellenboro NC 28040
Contact: Christopher Greene

Ohio

Ohio Bluebird Society*
Contact: Marcella Hawkins
PMB 111, 343 W. Milltown Rd. Wooster OH 44691
Phone: 330.466.6926

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Bluebird Society*
Contact: Herb Streator
6400 E. Commercial St
Broken Arrow OK 74014
Phone: 918.806.2489

Oregon

Prescott Bluebird Recovery Project*
Contact: Charlie Stalzer
PO Box 1469
Sherwood OR 97140
Oregon – Audubon Society of Corvalis

Pennsylvania

Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania*
Contact: Harry Schmeider
448 Portman Rd
Butler PA 16002
Phone: 724.285.1209
Purple Martin Conservation Association*
Tom Ridge Environmental Center Contact: John Tautin
301 Peninsula Dr, Suite 6
Erie PA 16505
Phone: 814.833-2090
South Carolina

South Carolina Bluebird Society*
Contact: Jim Burke
271 Highland Reserve Ct.
Aiken SC 29803
Phone: 803-644-0235

Tennessee

Tennessee Bluebird Society
Contact: Joanne Watson
10350 Altona Cove
Collierville, TN
Phone: (865) 437-9732

Bluebirds Across America*
Contact: Farrell Roe
95 Hayes Branch Trail
Jackson TN 38301
Phone: 731-424-6161

Benton County Bluebird Society of Tennessee, Inc.
David Hayes
680 Clifty Village Lane
Paris, TN 38242
Tel: 731-584-8201 day, 731-644-2541 evenings
E-mail: dhayes@unimin.com

Tennessee Bluebird Trails*
Contact: Louis Redmon
381 Liberty Rd
Wartburg TN 37887
Phone: 423.346-3911

Texas

Texas Bluebird Society*
Contact: Pauline Tom
P.O. Box 40868
Austin TX 78704
Tel: 512-268-5678

Virginia

The Virginia Bluebird Society*
Contact: Anne Little
726 William St
Fredricksburg VA 22401
Phone: (540) 373-4594

Audubon Soc. of Northern VA
Contact: Jill Miller
11100 Wildlife Center Dr,
Suite100
Reston VA 20190
Phone: 703.438.6008
Washington

Cascadia Bluebird and
Purple Martin Society*
Contact: Dr. Michael Pietro
3015 Squalicum Pkwy # 250
Phone: 360-738-2153
Bellingham, WA 98225

Puget Sound Bluebird Recovery Project *
Contact: Susan Ford
PO Box 1351
Poulsbo WA 98370
West Virginia

Potomac Valley Audubon Society*
Contact: Peter Smith
P.O. Box 578
Shepherdstown WV 25443
Phone: (304) 876-1139

Wisconsin

Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin*
Contact: Patrick Ready
1210 Oakwood Ct
Stoughton WI 53589
Phone: (608) 873-1703
Lafayette County Bluebird Society*
Contact: Carol McDaniel
14953 State Rd.23
Darlington WI 53530

Aldo Leopold Audubon Society* Contact: Larry Graham
910 Arts Lane
Stevens Point WI 54481
Phone: 715-344-0968

Canada – Alberta

Calgary Area Bluebird Trail Monitors*
Contact: Don Stiles
20 Lake Wapta Rise, SE
Calgary AB
Canada T2J-2M9
Phone: 403.271.4689
Ellis Bird Farm Ltd.*
Contact: Myrna Pearman
Box 5090
Lacombe, Alberta
CANADA T4L 1W7
Phone: (403)-885-4477

Mountain Bluebird Trails Conservation* Society
Contact: Gwen Tietz
P.O. Box 401 Stn Main
Lethbridge AB
Canada TIK-3Z1
Tel: 403-553-2780

Canada – British Columbia

Southern Interior Bluebird Trail Society*
Contact: Sherry Linn
18588 Old Richter Pass Rd
Osoyoos BC
Canada V0H 1V5
Phone: (250)-495-7891

Canada – Manitoba

The Friends of the Bluebirds*
Contact: Barry Danard
PO Box 569
Killarney, MB
R0K 1G0
(204)523-8258
jbdanard@mts.net

Canada – Ontario
Ontario Eastern Bluebird Society*
Contact: Bill Read
24 Brandt Pl.
Cambridge ON N1S-2V8
Phone: 519-620-0744

Bermuda

Bermuda Bluebird Society*
Contact: Stuart Smith
145 Middle Road
Southampton BM SN01
Phone: 441.734.9856
*Currently affiliates of North American Bluebird Society – Contact information from NABS website.

WILDLIFE REHABILITATION

In the event you find an ill or injured bird (or other critter) it is crucial to the animal’s survival that it be given to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. It is not legal to keep and care for the animal except by licensed rehabilitators. Find your closest rehabber now – before the emergency occurs. Being prepared is especially important … there are rehabbers included in these lists that have actually had to close down due to lack of funding. So checking things out before the panic is crucial.

EMERGENCY BABY BIRD CARE

Tips for interim baby bird care information, provided only as a temporary resource for care until the bird can be delivered to – or picked up by – a trained, licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

 

BIRD IDENTIFICATION:

e-Nature
Patuxent Bird Identification Info Center

MISCELLANEOUS

Interesting ‘stuff’ with tangential relationship to Bluebirds!

Report finding a Banded Bird
Wildlife Refuges
North American Snake Identification
Natural Insect Control

BIRD BANDING The purpose of putting leg-bands on birds is for research … things such as migration patterns, nest site fidelity, survival length, etc. are just some examples of research. Banding migratory birds is legal only with a permit from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The specific part of the site that covers information on how to apply for a federal permit is found here: Bird Banding Permits.
Bluebird VIDEOS “Bluebirds in the Suburbs”
DGPearse
4497 Woodstream Drive
Columbus, OH 43230-5128
(614) 478 5004 Boz Metzdorf, videographer.
Birdseye View Productions
1761 co. rd. H
Deer Park, Wisconsin 54007
(715) 248-7459

BLUEBIRD BOOKS

Scriven, Dorene “Bluebird Trails A Guide to Success”, Bluebird Recovery Committee of the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis ISBN: 0-9639661-1-1

Berger, C., Kridler, K., and Griggs, J. “The Bluebird Monitor’s Guide”. Harper Collins ISBN: 0-06-273743-0

Stokes, Donald & Lillian, “The Bluebird Book”, Little Brown & Company ISBN: 0-316-81745-7

Troyer, Andrew M., “Bringing Back the Bluebirds – Even on Your Hand”, Carlisle Printing ISBN: 0-9642548-4-0

Zickefoose, Julie, “Enjoying Bluebirds More, The Bluebird Landlord’s Handbook”, Bird Watcher’s Digest ISBN: 1-880241-03-X

Grooms, Steve & Peterson, Dick, “Symbol of Hope – Bluebird”

(Nest Identification) Harrison, Hal H., “Eastern Birds’ Nests”. Peterson Field Guides, Houghton Mifflin Company. ISBN: 0-395-93609-8. (This is the paperback Eastern guide).

(Nest Identification) Harrison, Hal H., “Western Birds’ Nests”. Peterson Field Guides, Houghton Mifflin Company. ISBN: 0-618-16437-5. (This is the paperback Western guide).

Paul R. Ehrlich, David S. Dobkin, and Darryl Wheye, “The Birder’s Handbook A Field Guide to the Natural History of North American Birds” A Fireside Book published by Simon & Schuster. ISBN: 0-671-65989-8. (Ok, not specifically about Bluebirds, but an excellent birding book!)