2011 Conference Brings Accolades to Steve & Regina Garr

November 9, 2010

Steve and Regina Garr receiving award from Greg Beavers.  Photo by Jim Rathert.

Steve and Regina Garr of Jefferson City, Missouri were presented with the John and Nora Lane Award from NABS for outstanding work in the field of Bluebird Conservation. Longtime NABS member Ron Kingston received the award on their behalf in Jackson. Greg Beavers, NABS Treasurer, presented the award to the Garrs at the Missouri Bluebird Conference on October 1. Steve Garr has worked tirelessly since 1979 educating the public through his newspaper columns, magazine articles, television appearances, and personal appearances at various conferences and events on how to help the bluebird. He personally erected and monitored many nestbox trails in both Tennessee and Missouri. He co-founded two NABS Affiliates: Tennessee Bluebird Trails (2000) and the Missouri Bluebird Society (2006). Besides doing field work, Steve volunteered for NABS by serving on the Board of Directors and as Vice President and President (2000–2006). Regina Garr has been an enthusiastic partner in all of his conservation work, helping spread the bluebird conservation message. Even though Steve has had a Life Membership in NABS for decades, he continues to support NABS with additional Corporate memberships. He and Regina have donated NABS memberships for door prizes at countless seminars on bluebird conservation — giving many people their start in an association with NABS and organized bluebird conservation. Steve and Regina Garr continue to promote bluebird conservation on all fronts: education, in the field, and in leadership roles in the organizations that promote bluebird conservation.

The John and Nora Lane Award was created to honor Canadian conservationists John and Norah Lane, who were among the first people to sound the alarm about declining bluebird populations. The Lanes’ bluebird trail consisted of 4,750 nestboxes and stretched almost 2,500 miles.

Reprint with permission from winter edition of NABS Bluebird.  Photo by Jim Rathert.

My Favorite Bluebird Website

November 17, 2009

By Jack Dodson

May all your blues be birds!
– Bet Zimmerman

Some day, perhaps it will be this website, but for now my favorite site is www.sialis.org which is managed by Bet Zimmerman.

This is the most complete and well organized site that I have found.    I strongly suggest that you all check it out.


Missouri Bluebird Society Nest Box Grant Program

July 3, 2009
Gilbertson style PVC

Gilbertson style PVC

The Missouri Bluebird Society is a 501(c) 3 not- for- profit organization dedicated to conservation of bluebirds and other native cavity nesting songbirds, and to educational projects that would be of benefit to these native birds.  A limited number of nest boxes each year will be awarded to assist in projects that help promote the objective of the Missouri Bluebird Society (MOBS).

These projects must include establishing and enhancing nest box trails on public lands within the state

of Missouri, and have as one of its goals the education of the local community about Bluebirds and other

Gilwood style

Gilwood style

native Cavity Nesting Species.  These grants start at five sets of nest boxes and poles per grant, on a ―matching basis‖, with MOBS providing five nest box/pole sets when applicant provides an equal number of nest box/ pole sets. Whether or not the matching box requirement can be met by refurbishing existing boxes on an established trail will be at the discretion of the MOBS

Board of Directors. Further, applicants must agree to the following provisions:

1. Applicant’s nest boxes must be constructed in a fashion and design recommended and approved by MOBS.

2. Trail Location must be approved by MOBS.

3. The applicant agrees to present a 15-30 minute program to their organization or another community organization about bluebirds and other native cavity –nesting birds and the need for monitored bluebird trails. MOBS will assist in providing materials for this presentation.

4. The applicant agrees to take responsibility for seeing that the nest box trail is adequately monitored and agrees to take all
necessary precautions and maintenance measures to ensure that non-native species are not allowed to

Slot Box

Slot Box

inhabit and reproduce in the nest boxes.

5.The applicant agrees to turn in a completed MOBS nest box monitoring form each year after nesting season reporting nesting activity on the trail.

Download the application for more information on the program.