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At-a-Glance

[ NOTE: The 2015 event is over - the following is for reference only and the links to various items may no longer be active. ]

Advanced Registration is now closed. At-the-Door Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. on August 8th in East Ballroom.

Click here to view the Silent Auction items.

At-a-Glance

Register Online at rsvpBOOK.comTo register by mail click here and print the registration form.

About

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Our annual symposium promotes the conservation of bluebirds and teaches the public how to attract and provide quality habitat for bluebirds across Texas. This year's symposium will be held in Bryan, Texas. Guest speakers will cover topics that bluebirders, new and experienced, will find interesting and entertaining. Registrants have the opportunity to win door prizes and attendees can bid in our silent auction for many wonderful items. Additionally, members who pledge to "NestWatch" at least two nestboxes will receive a FREE TBS nestbox.

We hope you'll join us for this fun-filled day! For more information email eventplans@texasbluebirdsociety.org or call (512) 268-5678. Check out visitaggieland.com for more info about the Bryan/College Station area.

Date and Time

Friday Night Social and Dinner: Friday, August 7th, 6:00 pm. *DINNER IS NOW SOLD OUT*

Symposium: Saturday, August 8th, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Doors open at 8:30 am for registration and the silent auction.

Location

Brazos Expo Center

The symposium will be held at the Brazos County Expo in Bryan, Texas.

Address: 5827 Leonard Road, Bryan, TX 77807    

Lodging will be at the Best Western Premiere Old Town Center, 1920 Austin's Colony Pkwy, Bryan, TX 77802    

Guest Speakers

  • Keith Kridler, author and naturalist, Bluebirds and MoreKeith Kridler

As a Charter Member of the North American Bluebird Society and co-founder of the Texas Bluebird Society, Keith Kridler loves bluebirds! His passion for bluebirds began in 1979, when he and his wife established what is now the oldest and most productive bluebird trail in Texas. In fact, upwards of 1,200 bluebirds have fledged from this trail per year! Keith is considered one of today's foremost authorities on bluebirds and is the co-author of "The Bluebird Monitor's Guide."

 

 

  • Alec Wyatt, 2014 ABA Young Birder of the Year, Project Nestwatch and Passionate Birding: My StoryAlec Wyatt

Alec Wyatt is a 16-year-old birder from Colorado Springs, Colorado who recently relocated to San Antonio, Texas, and is very excited about the birding prospects there. Alec has been birding in eighteen states, but never outside the country. He enjoys all kinds of birds and birding and his favorite area of interest is conservation. In 2014 Alec won the ABA Young Birder of the Year contest, a competition designed to help young birders build and enhance their birding skills. He enjoys monitoring his nest box trail, leading bird walks for kids, and inspiring others to enjoy and protect birds.

 

 

 

  • Glenn Olsen, Native Landscaping for WildlifeGlenn Olsen

Glenn's passionate interest in nature began early in his childhood. In addition to bird identification, he has a special interest in the relationships of plants, birds, butterflies, and other insects. Glenn teaches Bird Identification and Nature Related classes at Rice University's Glasscock School of Continuing Studies and is an instructor for Audubon's Birding classes. He served as State President and Houston Chapter president of the Native Plant Society of Texas and is a certified Texas Master Naturalist. Glenn also leads professional birding and natural history tours through GO Birding Ecotours for groups and individuals with recent trips to Big Bend, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the Amazon Rain Forest, and The Galapagos Islands.

Other Topics:

  • Bluebird Basics
  • NestWatch
  • House Sparrow Control
  • Door Prizes

    Texas Bluebird Society offers Door Prizes (donated by each Board Member) to encourage early registration.

    Early bird registrants (by July 8th) receive 10 door prize tickets.

    Advance registrants (by July 25th) receive 2 door prize tickets.

    The only way to have a chance is with early registration.  Unlike the Silent Auction items, there is no opportunity to bid on these items at the event.

    ApronTumblerWall ClockJim Shore Woodpecker

    Hand-painted BowlMealworm FeederBirds of TexasField GuidesBook2

     

    Silent Auction

    Silent Auction

    Click here to view items available for bidding

    As part of our annual fundraiser, attendees can donate and bid on a variety of items. Every dollar raised goes toward buying lumber for our volunteers to build nestboxes!

    As soon as feasible, please send donations (or notification of donations that will be hand-carried to the event) to:
    Beverly Davis
    2411 Stableridge Drive
    Conroe, TX 77384
    auction@texasbluebirdsociety.org

    For more auction information contact Benni Konvicka at (254) 968-6663.

    Donations (or notification of donations) received after July 25th must be processed manually, one-by-one, and will miss the program publication deadline.

    TBS is recognized by the IRS as a 501c3 "charitable" organization. Donations are tax deductible, as allowed by law.

    Hotel

    Best Western

    Lodging will be at the Best Western Premier Old Town Center in Bryan, Texas.

    1920 Austin's Colony Pkwy, Bryan, TX 77802    

    To make a reservation call (979) 731-5300. Press 3 for the front desk and ask for the Texas Bluebird Society rate ($109 plus taxes).

    Reserve early! Availability is not guaranteed.

    Deadline: July 25th

    Recreation Vehicles

    Two local RV Parks, Galloping Snail (located directly behind the expo center) and Timber Ridge, will be available for use. For more information about location, rates, and park amentities, click on the links.

    Registration Information and Form

    Early Bird Advance Registration: $20.00. Includes a box lunch and 10 door prize tickets. Deadline: July 8th

    Standard Advance Registration: $20.00. Includes a box lunch and 2 door prize tickets. Deadline: July 25th

    At-the-Door Registration: $8.00. No meal and no door prize tickets. Sack lunches are permitted; there are limited dining options around the Center. $12 box lunches will also be available at the Center.

    Register Online at rsvpBOOK.comPrintable Registration Form.

    Friday Night Social Information *SOLD OUT*

    Fridy Night Dinner 1Dinner 3Dinner 4Dinner 5

    A dinner and social will be held on Friday, August 7th, at the Best Western Premiere in Bryan (1920 Austin's Colony Pkwy, Bryan, TX 77802     ). The dinner starts at 7:00 pm, with the social beginning at 6:00 pm. Cost is $15 for dinner and $4.00 for frozen margaritas in advance (no BYOB by state law). Margaritas may be purchased at the door for $5.00. Soft drinks will also be available.

    *Although the dinner is sold out, attendees may still purchase margaritas at the social.*

    Deadline: July 25th

    For More Information

    Email: eventplans@texasbluebirdsociety.org

    Snail Mail: P.O. Box 40868, Austin, TX 78704

    Phone:

    • Pauline Tom (512) 268-5678
    • Judy Ray (972) 217-1516