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THE BLUEBIRD REFERENCE GUIDE

Updated July 15, 2001
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Included in this REFERENCE GUIDE is a wellspring of information to help broaden your bluebirding experience.  We suggest you make a hard copy for your files.

Happy Bluebirding!


Notes:



PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING:

The North American Bluebird Society (NABS)

PO Box 74, Darlington, WI 53530-0074
http://www.nabluebirdsociety.org/

The Birdhouse Network (TBN)

formerly the Cornell Nest Box Network (CNBN)
159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY 14850
1-800-254-BIRD
http://birds.cornell.edu/birdhouse/


 
This section highly recommended for newcomers

NABS Fact Sheets

English House Sparrow / HOSPThe House Sparrow (Passer domesticus), a threat to Bluebirds
http://www.tsuru-bird.net/sparrows2/sparrow_house_m1.jpg

Books recommended for the new bluebirder: (other books listed below)

The Bluebird Book by Don and Lillian Stokes
Enjoying Bluebirds More by Julie Zickefoose


More links at the bottom of the Guide


For more in depth discussions on many bluebird questions ~~ Jim McLochlin:
Search     Best Of Bluebird-L   http://audubon-omaha.org/bbbox/bestofbbml/bblindx.htm
Search     The Bluebird Box      http://audubon-omaha.org/bbbox/

bookBLUEBIRD-L FAVORITE BOOKS & PAMPHLETSbook


Don and Lillian Stokes' Birds at Home
http://www.StokesBirdsAtHome.com
http://www.stokesbirdsathome.com/tvseries/episodes.html
http://www.nabluebirdsociety.org/catalog/vidslide.html   Bluebird Basics Video


HOUSE SPARROWS & CONTROL

North American Bluebird Society (NABS)
http://www.nabluebirdsociety.org/sparrow.htm

Photo and sound bite
http://www.mbr.nbs.gov/id/framlst/i6882id.html

Drawing of male and female
http://www.pclink.com/rlovgren/nature9p.htm

House Sparrow Control, The Huber Trap ~~ Joe Huber
http://community.webtv.net/hubertrap/HOUSESPARROWCONTROL

HOSP control ~~ Ed Nied, Jr.
http://members.tripod.com/~herper/housesparrow.html

House Sparrow ID and Control ~~ Barry Whitney
http://www.crosswinds.net/~barryw/bluebird/hosp.htm


Wendell Long -- Photographs
http://www2.go-concepts.com/~mrsimplenew listing
http://home.earthlink.net/~mrsimple/Great photosW

Nestbox Monitoring Sheets http://birds.cornell.edu/birdhouse/fieldsheet.pdf


BLUEBIRD VIDEOS

http://www.nabluebirdsociety.org/catalog/vidslide.html

BIRD SONGS & PHOTOS FOR IDENTIFICATION

Voice of the Bluebird
http://bluebirdia.8k.com/images/bluebird.wav

Birdwatchers Digest
http://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/audio_index.html

Patuxent--Bird Songs
http://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/song.html


PREDATOR CONTROL

NABS Predator Page
http://www.nabluebirdsociety.org/predator.htm

Stovepipe Predator Guard
http://audubon-omaha.org/bbbox/nabs/rk1.htm
Snake Traps
http://audubon-omaha.org/bbbox/nestbox/hksnake.htm

Predators and other problems
http://www.cobleskill.edu/scbs/predator.htm

Diagnosing Predator Problems
http://audubon-omaha.org/bbbox/bbtabl2.htm

CATS AND YOUR BLUEBIRDS

http://www.audubon.org/bird/cat/
http://wildlife.wisc.edu/extension/catfly3.htm
http://www.audubon.org/local/cn/98march/cats.html
http://www.abcbirds.org/catsindoors.htm

FIND OUT YOUR LATITUDE AND LONGITUDE

http://www.geocode.com/eagle.html-ssi


Bluebird Chat Room http://bluebird-l.tripod.com


NABS AFFILIATE BLUEBIRD GROUPS (CANADA & USA)

Please consider joining your region's BB group!
http://www.nabluebirdsociety.org/affiliate.htm

Is Your Group Interested In Becoming A NABS Affiliate?
For more info:   http://www.nabluebirdsociety.org/


SUBMITTING NEST-BOX MONITORING DATA

(Please submit your nesting bird data - easy and much needed!)

Birdhouse Online
http://birds.tc.cornell.edu/birdhouse

The North American Bluebird Society (NABS)
PO Box 74, Darlington, WI 53530-0074
http://www.nabluebirdsociety.org/


TRANSCONTINENTAL BLUEBIRD TRAIL

http://www.bluebirdtrails.org/tbt/tbt.htm     Instructions

ALPHA CODES

These are the alpha codes used when referring to birds on Mailing lists.
EABL = Eastern Bluebird
MOBL = Mountain Bluebird     MOBL
WEBL = Western Bluebird     WEBL
AMGO = American Goldfinch
AMKE = American Kestrel
ATFL = Ash-throated Flycatcher
BCCH = Black-Capped Chickadee
BNOW = Barn Owl
CACH = Carolina Chickadee
CBCH = Chestnut-backed Chickadee
EUST = European Starling
HOSP = House Sparrow
HOWR = House Wren
MOCH = Mountain Chickadee
OATI = Oak Titmouse
TRES = Tree Swallow
TRUS = Trumpeter Swan
ETTI = Tufted Titmouse
VGSW = Violet-Green Swallow
WODU = Wood Duck
CARW = Carolina Wren
COMPLETE list of ALPHA CODES at:
http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl/manual/aspeclst.htm

TRAPS & NEST BOXES

hubertrap@webtv.net (Joe Huber)

Steve Gilbertson (Traps & boxes)
HC5 Box 31
Aitkin, MN 56431 (218) 927-1953

Mel Bolt (Traps)
1571 Oil City Rd
Wooster, OH 44691-4009

The Bird's Paradise (Andrew Troyer) (Traps & boxes)
20835 Morris Rd. Conneautville, PA 16406
1-800-872-0103

Real Bird Homes (Gary Springer) NABS approved
706-677-3857
http://www.realbirdhomes.com

http://www.purplemartin.org/ - HOSP traps, etc.

http://www.stillwaterbirder.com.   Stuart Roth

Peterson Style Boxes - Dave Ahlgren
Ahlgren Construction, Inc.
12989 Otchipwe Ave. N.
Stillwater, MN 55082-8564
612-430-0031


FEEDING BLUEBIRDS

Armstrong Crickets (mealworms, crickets)
http://www.armstrongcrickets.com/worms.htm

"Bluebird Banquet" Recipe
http://audubon-omaha.org/bbbox/ljrecipe.htm

Grubco: 1-800-222-3563 (mealworms)
http://www.grubco.com/

Jack Finch (dogwood berries)
http://www.danfinch.com/jack.htm http://www.danfinch.com/order.htm

Nature's Way: 1-800-318-2611 (mealworms)
http://www.herp.com/nature/nature.html

Rainbow: 1-800-777-9676 (mealworms)
http://www.rainbowmealworms.com/mealworm.htm

Southeastern Insectaries
606 Ball Street PO Box 1546
Perry, GA 31069
TOLL FREE #: 1-877-967-6777


HOW TO GROW MEALWORMS

http://www.nabluebirdsociety.org/mealworm.htm
http://audubon-omaha.org/bbbox/bbrp/mealworm.htm
http://www.crosswinds.net/~bluebirdguide/mealworm.htm
http://www.birdcottage.com/worms.htm
http://www.nyworms.com/mealworms.htm
http://www.wbu.com/edu/mlwrm.htm

FEEDERS for Sale

http://www.birdcottage.com/feeders.htm
http://www.bluebirdsforever.com/feeders.html
http://www.nabluebirdsociety.org/catalog/feeding.html
http://www.bluebird-love.com/

BB NESTBOX WARNING PLACARDS
Copper tags for nestbox vandalism 10/$2.50 postpaid.
Bluebird Recovery Program, c/o Mary Kalinoski, 1411 Camwood Trail South, Baxter, MN 56425

NESTBOX NUMBERING TAGS
500 3"x7/8" heavy duty aluminum (Aluma-boss) tags/ties (use ballpoint pen to add #'s onto tags) = $39+shipping and come with light aluminum wire ties.
A.M. Leonard, Inc., 241 Fox Drive, Piqua, OH 45356. 800.543.8955/ FAX 800.433.0633 / to order on-line: http://www.amleo.com, Item OAT


HOUSE WRENS

The Great Wren Debate Revisited
http://audubon-omaha.org/bbbox/wren.htm

BIRDER'S EXCHANGE
Donate your good used birding equipment to Latin American and Caribbean countries.  The work is being done in support of ornithological research and conservation work being done by schools, universities and governmental agencies in those countries.
Lina DiGregorio, Program Director, <edcon@aba.org> 719.578.9703


BIRD CAM SITE

http://birds.cornell.edu/birdhouse/camframe.html

OTHER THREATS

Hanta Virus
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hanta/hps/index.htm

European Paper-wasps: A New Threat to Cavity-nesting Birds
http://www.crosswinds.net/~bluebirdguide/paperwasp.htm

Blowflies (Protocalliphora)
http://www.birdblowfly.com


WHERE TO SEND YOUR NESTS FOR RESEARCH ON PARASITES

WPCTWBUG@AOL.COM
Terry Whitworth, PhD
Entomologist
3707 96 ST E
Tacoma WA  98446

REPORT BANDED BIRDS
http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl/homepage/call800.htm


HUMMINGBIRDS

The Hummingbird Society
http://hummingbird.org

Lanny Chambers
http://www.hummingbirds.net


Other BB WEBSITES WITH FAQ'S, TIPS, QUICK INFO, & LINKS
FAQ Each site has a wealth of info & super links! FAQ


North American Bluebird Society - NABS
http://www.nabluebirdsociety.org/ (home page) (FAQ, everything)

The Birdhouse Network (TBN) (formerly the Cornell Nest Box Network):
http://birds.cornell.edu/birdhouse/ (home page) (detailed info on all other cavity nesters)


We hope this Bluebird Reference Guide has answered your questions and inspired your bluebirding activities.  Happy bluebirding!

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