TEXAS BLUEBIRD SOCIETY

Bluebirds Across Texas ... one nestbox at a time

Austin, TX   |  www.texasbluebirdsociety.org

Mission

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.

Ruling year info

2002

President

Lonnie Castleman

Vice President

Margaret Tolboom

Main address

PO Box 40868

Austin, TX 78704 USA

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Formerly known as

Texas Bluebirding Society

EIN

74-3015882

NTEE code info

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Decreased quantity of suitable nesting cavities for small cavity-nesting birds and widespread use of insecticides that kill birds' food, and proliferation of non-native plants that do not attract insects and do not provide berries.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Nestbox Distribution

Distribution of nestboxes constructed by volunteers with lumber purchased with contributions

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To "spread bluebirds (and other caivty-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

Provide a free nestbox with membership (when member joins in person) accompanied by educational material that includes installation instructions; NestWatch instructions; and, the booklet "Bluebirds in Texas" (published by Texas Parks and Wildlife with funding by Texas Bluebird Society).
Encourage participation in NestWatch.org, a science initiative, with new member materials and newsletter.
Make membership available in person through Nestbox Distributor Volunteers; Booths at Festivals; bi-annual educational event; and, educational presentations.
Sell nestboxes at wholesale pricing through Volunteer Nestbox Distributors and online orders (in increments of 4).
Plan and present educational event (Bluebird Symposium) which provides emphasis on Bluebird Basics, NestWatch (science), and Native Gardening at minimal cost to registrant.
Put together a newsletter, distributed 4 times a year, that provides education about cavity nesting birds, native plants, and insects; information about educational events; photos & stories from membership; and, several mentions of NestWatch.org
Widely distribute our free publication "Native Plants for Eastern Bluebirds (berry-producing and insect-attracting")

All volunteer board of directors, past board member volunteers, and other volunteers with specific tasks who are devoted to the cause ; approximately two dozen volunteer nestbox distributors; Volunteer team of nestbox builders; Volunteer "Event Plans Team"; 1000+ volunteer members (current and past) actively monitoring nesting activity with many reporting to NestWatch.org; utilization of professionally developed and maintained website, https://texasbluebird

Over 17,000 nestboxes built by volunteers distributed in Texas since 2003. Over 100 registrants at each semi-annual events since 2011; percentage of those participating in NestWatch increased from about 5% in 2011 to about 35% (by show of hands) in 2019.
357 new memberships in 2019.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Members of Texas Bluebird Society and others who follow our work through social media and our website.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, recruit volunteers and Board members and volunteers, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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TEXAS BLUEBIRD SOCIETY

Board of directors
as of 07/07/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lonnie Castleman

Texas Bluebird Society

Term: 2020 - 2022

Nelda Reid

Thomas Wheeler

Stephen Watkins

Twyla Doty

Carrie Brown

Roberta Marshall

Pat Nail

Luke Hoag

Jane Jenkins

Ron Tom

Lonnie Castleman

Charlie Hubbard

Ann Fox

Brenda Clark

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/7/2022

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