Raffle to benefit MOBS!

December 29, 2020

Raffle tickets are now on sale for several framed Audubon prints, a bluebird basket and a darling bird quilt. Additional information and raffle ticket form can be found at the following link:

Raffle tickets for sale NOW to benefit MOBS!

This raffle is open to anyone wishing to support the Missouri Bluebird Society! Please note, MOBS will only ship items at no charge to addresses within the 48 contiguous United States.

2020 Conference Canceled

June 11, 2020

Dear Bluebirders and Friends,

After much deliberation, and in the interest of safety to our MOBS members, conference attendees, and all who would be involved in the event, the Board of Directors of the Missouri Bluebird Society has elected to cancel the 2020 Missouri Bluebird Conference, originally scheduled for July 10th -12th. There are no plans at this time to reschedule the 2020 conference. While we are sad to make this announcement, we hope everyone will appreciate that, given the issues caused by the global Covid pandemic, we will be putting safety first and looking forward to a wonderful conference 2021.

I am very proud of our entire Board for coming together (electronically) to discuss and come to this decision. Each Board Member is an asset to MOBS and we are all fortunate to have such dedicated and talented individuals volunteering their time and efforts for our Society.

We also certainly appreciate each of our MOBS members and thank you for the work you all do to further Bluebird and cavity-nester Conservation in your part of the world.

Please know that this cancellation does not preclude the possibility of MOBS-sponsored learning events in a variety of alternative fashions prior to our 2021 Missouri Bluebird Conference. We will keep you posted on any developments and are looking forward to seeing everyone again!

Do what you can to help the Bluebirds,
Steve Garr
Missouri Bluebird Society, President

2020 Missouri Bluebird Society Conference

June 7, 2020

Save The Dates!

July 10-12,  2020

Jefferson City, Missouri

Watch for updates on speakers, field trips, and more here on the MOBS
website and Facebook page and in upcoming issues of The Fledgling.


2019 Missouri Bluebird Society Conference

April 9, 2019

Save The Dates!

July 12-14,  2019

Meet Me in St. Louis

Host Hotel: Drury Inn & Suites, Creve Coeur
Friday and Saturday Venue: Orlando’s Event Center, Maryland Heights

An invitation from Bob Siemer and Ann Earley,
the 2019 Bluebird Conference Chairs:
“Mark your calendars to join the flock at the 2019 MOBS annual
conference in St. Louis! Learn more about the latest in bluebird tips for
both beginning and experienced bluebirders, and find out how to attract more birds to your yard and garden. Share bluebird photos and
network with MOBS friends, and enjoy a special presentation about
owls. Meet us in St. Louis, July 12-14!”

Friday Evening Bluebird Banquet

Our speaker for Friday evening will be Margy Terpstra, who lives in Kirkwood, MO and is an active member of Missouri Nature & Environmental Photographers.

Check out her blog and photography here https://hummerhavenunltd.com/blog

Saturday Educational Programs

  • Why our yards are so important to the full life-cycle conservation of Native Birds by Margy Terpstra
  • Bluebirds of Forest Park in St. Louis by Amy Witt, Park Ecologist
  • Bluebird Basics by MOBS members Joe and Linda Pridgeon
  • Owls of Missouri by Brenda Hente
  • Butterflies of Missouri and the Missouri Butterfly Monitoring Network by Tad Yankoski, Entomologist, Sophia M. Sachs, Butterfly House in Chesterfield, MO

For conference brochure and registration form please click here!

For registration form only please click here!

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.

For conference brochure and registration form please click here!

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:


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