2018 Missouri Bluebird Society Conference

February 21, 2018

Save The Dates!

July 13-15,  2018

Lincoln University Carver Farm
3804 Bald Hill Road
Jefferson City, MO)

New This Year:
Saturday Morning Nest Box and Baffle Building Workshop!
Learn to build proper nest boxes and predator baffles.

Speakers this year include:

Steve Smith talking bluebird basics.

Bob Siemer and Ann Earley explaining why they are “Wild about Monarchs!”

The Saturday evening Social and Sunday Field Trip will be held at the beautiful “Mockingbird Hill” in Jefferson City owned by MOBS members Norm and Beth Stucky. The Saturday evening social will also include entertainment from Americana artist Andy May.

Additional information on the conference and registration to come!

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2017 Missouri Bluebird Society Conference

February 27, 2017

Save The Dates!

July 15 – 16,  2017

at the Warsaw Community Building
Located at Drake Harbor on the
Beautiful Lake of the Ozarks!
818 W. Harrison, Warsaw, MO 65355

Come help us celebrate
the 2nd decade of the

Missouri Bluebird Society!

Speakers include:
Bob and Judy Peak discussing “White bluebird eggs” and “Curiousities in the bluebird world”
Dana Ripper and Ethan Duke passing on information using birds as educational tools
and MOBS President Steve Garr will talk bluebird basics

Additional information on the conference and registration can be found at the following links:

2017 Missouri Bluebird Society Conference Brochure

Registration Form


Passing of a friend

August 12, 2016

Dear Missouri Bluebird Society Members,

It is with much sadness that I share with you news of the passing of our good friend and fellow bluebirder, Russ Heindselman. Russ passed away on Monday, August 8th at the age of 88.

Services will be held Saturday, August 13th at 10 a.m. at Culver-Stockton College’s Alexander Campbell auditorium. You may read Russ’s obituary, send condolences, and learn more about arrangements at the following link:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/whig/obituary.aspx…

Because Russ’s family knew how much he loved bluebirds, they have chosen the Missouri Bluebird Society to be a recipient of memorial donations made in Russ’s name. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to Russ’s family and friends. He will be greatly missed by Missouri Bluebird Society members and by Missouri’s Bluebirds!

Steve Garr
MOBS, President


2016 Missouri Bluebird Society Conference

February 8, 2016

MOBS 10th

Join us as we celebrate the
10th Anniversary of the Missouri Bluebird Society
at the George Washington Carver Farm,
Lincoln University in Jefferson City

June 10th thru the 12th, 2016
3804 Bald Hill Rd, Jefferson City, MO 65101

Conference brochure with additional information can be found at the following link:

2016 Conference Brochure


2015 Missouri Bluebird Society Conference, Springfield, MO

October 5, 2015

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Letter from the President….

I always like it when the Eastern bluebird is present at the conference site. A bluebird trail was not only at the Watershed Center, but also at the field trip on Sunday at Lake Springfield, so we started each day hearing and seeing our beautiful Bluebirds!

As far as I am aware, our youngest conference attendee this year was Katy Samuel (14) and our most senior attendee was Russ Heindselman (87). I think that is terrific! I also think the 2015 Bluebird Conference was a great example of how MOBS aims to work with other fine conservation organizations in order to enhance conservation efforts everywhere. Individuals from at least three other conservation organizations contributed to the success of this year’s conference. Jessica Blomenkamp and Greg Swick are two of those individuals. Others are mentioned in this issue and we thank them all.

The Friday Bluebird Banquet was the beginning of a wonderful conference. This year’s “True Blue Service Award” had a special meaning for me because it went to two people that played an important role in my involvement with the Missouri Bluebird Society. They were actually instrumental in getting us on the right track. Steve and Cheryl Eno gracefully accepted a well deserved award for all they have done to help MOBS.

A “Certificate of Appreciation” was also given to Bluebirds Across Nebraska for their help in starting our Nest Box Grant Program with a very generous donation of boxes and poles. We know the history of Bluebirds in Missouri is rich in tradition. After Regina and I spent several months accumulating information about the bluebird conservation projects of Garden Clubs in Missouri, we are still learning how much we did not know! The “Federated Garden Clubs of America” were awarded the MOBS Bluebird Conservation Award for their important contributions to bluebird conservation dating back to the late 1930s and early 1940s and their local Southwest District was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation as well.

The dinner was catered by Bambinos Italian Restaurant consisting of a choice of four pastas, along with salad options, while MOBS members supplied a wide variety of desserts. Bambinos was recommended by members of The Greater Ozark Audubon Society and was an excellent choice fora nice meal. All left over food and snacks from all portions of the conference were donated to a local benevolent organization, “The Kitchen Inc” (www.thekitcheninc.org) via the assistance of our host hotel, the Greenstay Hotel & Suites in Springfield.

The Saturday morning bird walk around the Watershed Center resulted in 39 birds which included Pileated woodpeckers and bluebirds. While the walk was going on MOBS volunteers were busy getting the room prepared for the presentations and Larry and Mary Dobson, with the help of Ann Smith, were busy checking in more items for the silent auction and raffle. I want to thank new member Greg Samuel for graciously leading the walk and finding such a good variety of birds.

I look forward to hearing more about Jessica Blomenkamp’s trail (our first “Save the Clutch” baffle recipient and our wonderful keynote speaker). What a spectacular program the Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems (GLADE) is! Jessica was a graduate of that program and it was a special treat to have the program’s Director, Greg Swick, both present information about GLADE and introduce Jessica.

The photos tell a better story than I can of all the fun during the conference. I would like to take time to sincerely thank all those who helped do the work for this

conference . So many folks pitched in to help out and it was greatly appreciated. Thanks so much also to our terrific speakers. I enjoyed every program and heard great comments from attendees.

Great job everyone!

I look forward to seeing everyone at the 2016 Missouri Bluebird Conference next June in Jefferson City. It will be MOBS 10 year anniversary – you won’t want to miss it.

Do what you can to help the Bluebirds,

Steve Garr

MOBS President

 

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2015 Missouri Bluebird Conference

June 15, 2015

Join us in the Missouri Ozarks
July 10th– 12th, 2015
The Watershed Center
2400 E Valley Rd
Springfield, MO 65806

Conference brochure with additional information can be found at the following link:
2015 Conference Brochure

Registration form for the 2015 conference can be found at the following link:
2015 Conference Registration Form


Spring 2015 Message from the President

March 30, 2015

Dear MOBS Members,

Well, in a matter of a few weeks we watched Bluebirds in our area go from collecting in large groups at bird baths and feeders, bluebirdsatbirdbath1 ( like this picture taken on my deck at home) to bluebirds being quite territorial and claiming nest boxes (like in the image below taken by Board Member Ann Smith at her home in Sullivan). I am looking forward to this year’s conference in Springfield where everyone can share last year’s nesting results along with their stories from this past winter. I for one had a good nesting season and a fantastic winter with the most Bluebirds I have ever had at one time. With the lack of natural food and the long stretch of below freezing temperatures, I had 10 to 20 Bluebirds frequent my deck every day for fresh water and snacks during February. The conference is such a good time to talk with others about their trails and share achievements. One thing I always enjoy at the conference, besides meeting up with old friends again, is the outreach that Bluebirds have in Missouri. Missouri has such an accomplished history of Bluebird conservation and we are benefiting from the years of dedication of garden clubs and individuals. The Bluebirds we see every day are a result of their dedication to conservation and what we do now on our Bluebird Trails is a part of the future for Bluebirds. As we continue to care for bluebird boxes in our yards and on our trails, we are continuing the tradition of Bluebirds in Missouri. Thank you for your continued dedication to helping Bluebirds.

Steve Garr, MOBS President

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