History of the Bluebird Recovery Program
In 1979 Dick Peterson went to the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis (AOM) asking for help in answering hundreds of letters and nest box plans requests he had received after a Star & Tribune article was published featuring his longtime bluebird work and his unique nest box. The Bluebird Recovery Program was quickly organized as a committee of The Minneapolis Chapter of the National Audubon Society. Originally part of the Conservation Committee, BBRP eventually became financially independent, but still retained the non-profit status of the Audubon Chapter. In early 2019 after its 40 year affiliation with AOM, BBRP requested to become its own independent non-profit 501c3 organization. At the May 29th meeting of AOM they granted the request and “expressed good wishes for the future of BBRP.” At the time of organizing, BBRP was the first state bluebird organization in the nation. As a result its membership rose to 2300. When many other states created their own bluebird clubs or programs, many joined their own state organization with BBRP’s encouragement. The current membership still includes individuals outside of Minnesota, primarily in Wisconsin and Iowa.
The volunteer BBRP Board, along with guiding the policies and decisions of the organization, hosts an Annual “Expo” Conference where hundreds of Bluebirders gather to share information and attend interesting and educational birding related sessions. County Coordinators are available to assist and advise Bluebirders throughout the state. Their contact information can be found on our website, www.bbrp.org, along with information on how to report yearly monitoring results, how to become a BBRP member and many helpful tips to improve bluebirding successes. BBRP is an affiliate of the North American Bluebird Society (NABS) and cooperates with the Nongame Program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.Advantages of Becoming a Member
Membership in the Bluebird Recovery Program includes: an initial Information packet containing a full color Trial Guide, Top Ten Tips including colored Nest Guide, Record Keeping booklet, Pole Assembly instruction sheet, yearly Report Form and quarterly Newsletter. Membership contributions are tax deductible.