New York State Bluebird Society 

The New York State Bluebird Society has been dedicated to Bringing Back Bluebirds since 1982. Read more about our history and mission here.


We hope that these pages will be both informative and enjoyable. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or comments or to become a member. Consider making a donation to NYSBS to keep our website up and running!

You can look for Meetings, Exhibits, and Events in your area by looking at the list on the right side of each page, or visit our Events Calendar to see more details about each event. Use the search form at the bottom of every page if you have a specific concern you’d like to research on this site.

The Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis, length 7″, chestnut throat, sides of neck, breast, sides and flank; contrasting white belly, white undertail coverts.  Male is uniformly deep blue above; female grayer.  Call note is a musical, rising chur-lee, extended in song to chur chur-lee chur-lee.  Range:  Found in open woodlands, farmlands, and orchards.  Nests in holes in trees and posts, also in competition with starling and House Sparrow for nesting sites.  The provision of specially designed boxes by concerned conservationists has resulted in a promising comeback. National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Fifth Edition



Click on our photo to hear
our song.

(Photo by Larry Zeleny)


Our apologies to all those who submitted entries for our Photo of the Month contest during the month of May. Due to unfortunate circumstances, there was an unavoidable delay in choosing and posting the June Photo of the Month. Because of the extraordinary delay, we will continue to display Debra Barnum’s Photo of the month throughout the month of July, along with the winner from June’s entries. 

Photo of the Month for June, 2016

Bluebird Dinner Party for 10 – Photo by Debra Barnum

Congratulations, Debra Barnum, on having your photo chosen for June’s Photo of the Month!

I would like to start by once again thanking all the Photo of the Month contributors. I had several lovely entries and as is often the case, had a hard decision.

This photo kept calling to me for several reasons. The artist in me sees that this frozen moment in time has a peaceful quality in what I am sure was a frenetic scene.  I love the calming grey background and the expressions in the faces of the Bluebirds. Several of the subjects engage the viewer with concern or curiosity. This gives us just a glimpse into the character of the individuals.

The bluebird lover in me enjoys this photo in another way as well. I love the contrast of the male and female Bluebirds and I love to see so many in one place.

In my part of the state this would still be a rare sight. We have come so far in bringing this beautiful bird back from its former status as a Species of Special Concern. So many individuals have worked so hard to ensure the survival of this amazing animal. It fills me with joy to see so many of them and to revel in our success. Keep up the good work in helping this species to survive and keep those wonderful photos coming.

Kitty Rusch, Photo of the Month Judge

Would you like to see your photo featured here? Visit our Photo of the Month submission form to upload your photo, and we’ll pick a photo to feature each month! See our ‘fledgling’ Photo of the Month archive, at the top of our Photos page, along with a huge collection of beautiful contributor photos.


NABSThe New York State Bluebird Society is an affiliate of NABS
(North American Bluebird Society).