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Thank you for visiting the North American Bluebird Society (NABS) website! Here you can learn about the different species of bluebirds, how to attract and care for them, and download educational materials. You can also join our conservation efforts by becoming a NABS member.

Our Mission

The North American Bluebird Society is a non-profit education, conservation and research organization that promotes the recovery of bluebirds and other native cavity-nesting bird species in North America. (Read more below.)

Eastern bluebird battle, Mt. Carmel, TN

Photo by Griffey’s Sunshine Photography

Mountain Bluebird female, Custer State Park, SD

Photo by Ron and Kathy Linton
(Through Our Eyes Photos)

Eastern bluebird pair, Clarksville, MD

Photo by Lori Crisler

Male Eastern bluebird, SE PA

Photo by Steve Galli

Female Eastern bluebird, Edmonton, OK

Photo by Terri Sims

Female Mountain bluebird,
Custer State Park, SD

Photo by Ron and Kathy Linton

Eastern bluebird fledgling, Carmel, IN

Photo by Sallie Nyhart Peeler

Male Mountain bluebird, Caste Rock, CO

Photo by Rose and Bob Legge

Mountain bluebird, Castle Rock, CO

Photo by Peggy Hupp

Western Bluebird, Castle Rock, CO

Photo by Barbara Spagnuolo

Mountain bluebird male, Custer State Park, SD

Photo by Ron and Kathy Linton

Western Bluebird, northern Idaho

Photo by Karen Dingerson

Male Mountain bluebird, Custer State Park, SD

Photo by Ron and Kathy Linton

Eastern Bluebird, Mt. Pleasant, SC

Photo by Elaine Wanat

Eastern Bluebird, Chestertown, MD

Photo by Effie Elliott

Eastern Bluebird,
Booker T Washington St. Park, Tennessee

Photo by Daniel Basham

Eastern Bluebird, Galloway Township, NJ

Photo by Den DiMarco

Male Eastern Bluebird

Photo by Dave Kinneer

About NABS

NABS was founded in 1978 by Dr. Lawrence Zeleny in order to promote the preservation of bluebirds, a cavity-nesting species in decline. Larry, with the support of his wife, Olive dedicated much of his life to providing nestboxes and managing bluebird trails. He promoted bluebird conservation through hundreds of talks and articles in many periodicals.

NABS’ core mission is education, conservation and research, to mirror the life of Dr. Zeleny. His book, The Bluebird: How You Can Help Its Fight for Survival is a testament to what he called, the “symbol of love, hope and happiness,” the bluebird.

To learn more about the history of NABS, visit our NABS History page.

In Case of Emergency:

If you have an emergency situation with your nesting birds, please contact our Hotline for assistance. You can also make contact with us via our NABS Facebook page where you can send us a private message.

Find an injured or orphaned bird?

If you find an orphaned or injured bird, click here. (This link is not an endorsement but is provided for informational purposes only.)