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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

Pauline Tom

Vice President

Lonnie R. Castleman

Main address

PO Box 40868

Austin, TX 78704 USA

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Formerly known as

Texas Bluebirding Society

EIN

74-3015882

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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 no not provide berries.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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
General/Unspecified

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Charting impact

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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 educational event that promotes NestWatch (science) since 2011, at cost of less than $25 for registration. 357 new memberships in 2019 . NestWatch data and maps show ever-increasing number of Texans participating, not just TBS members but also those we influence. Ever-widening Eastern Bluebird breeding map for Texas produced by eBird.

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.

Financials

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

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TEXAS BLUEBIRD SOCIETY

Board of directors
as of 7/8/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Pauline Tom

Texas Bluebird Society

Term: 2001 - 2019

Linda Crum

Board leadership practices

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  • 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? Yes
  • 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

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