INDIANA BLUEBIRD SOCIETY

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President: Brad Denton
Vice President: Cora Shonk
Secretary: Susan Murray
Treasurer: Ken Murray

Board Members:
Mary Beuchat
Vicky Foltz
Christy Frampton

Newsletter Editor:
Christy Frampton

 

P. O. BOX 134
Rensselaer, IN 47978-0134

Email Ken Murray:
bbs@rhsi.tv   

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Bluebirds - Yesterday, Today...and, With Your Help...Tomorrow

Join us in helping out bluebirds this year - become a member today!


WELCOME

The Indiana Bluebird Society, founded in 1981, provides information and encouragement for those wishing to engage in the conservation of bluebirds and other native cavity-nesting bird species. We will make every effort possible to promote bluebird awareness and increase the population of bluebirds in Indiana.  We are affiliated with the North American Bluebird Society (NABS).

WHERE HAVE ALL THE BLUEBIRDS GONE

During the early 1900s the Eastern Bluebird was still a fairly common sight in the midwest. With the introduction of house sparrows and starlings during the late 1800s, the Eastern Bluebird population took a drastic turn downward. The sparrows and starlings started taking over the popular nesting sites of the bluebird. Potential nesting sites were also reduced by the removal of dead trees, fence rows and wooden fenceposts. By 1979, the sighting of Eastern Bluebirds was considered very rare in most of the Midwest. Now, however, due to the efforts of Bluebird enthusiasts, the numbers are steadily increasing.

WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?

Want to learn more about what you can do to help?  Read Tips for Attracting and Raising Bluebirds and join our conservation efforts by becoming a member.  Follow us on Facebook.

REPORT YOUR EFFORTS

Fill out the Nesting Report by 10/31 to have your data included in the Indiana Bluebird Society's Winter Bluebird Flyer. 

 

FALL CONFERENCE

November 1, 2014
Cool Creek Park and Nature Center
Carmel, IN

Construction Advisory: Meridian Street is closed between Old Meridian St. and 136th St.  If you are coming from the south, take Keystone Parkway north from 465.  See us31hamiltoncounty.in.gov for more information.  

FREE. Registration begins at 9:00. Program is 9:30-2:30.

Guest speakers:

  • Rick Read, a birder and member of the Audubon Society.
  • Mary Beauchat, an IBS board member, on raising mealworms.
  • Ray Weatherholt, district coordinator, on bluebird efforts in his area.
  • Vicki Voltz, IBS board member, will give a demonstration of a repeating sparrow trap.

Lunch will be carry-in style with drinks and tableware provided.  Please bring a dish to share if you can.

Tickets may be purchased for the door prize and a silent auction will be held. We encourage you to bring an item or two for the auction - it doesn't have to be bird related.

At each conference one "Bluebirder of the Year" is awarded, if you know a member who is deserving of this honor, contact any officer board member or mail or email your nomination to IBS. Election of officers will be held. If you are interested in serving as an officer or board member, please let us know.

Learn more about Bluebirds

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NABS fact sheets

Attracting Eastern Bluebirds

Bluebird Facts – USGS

Bluebird Information – Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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