Welcome to the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin (BRAW)!

Our Association (BRAW) is a group of individuals devoted to help, maintain, and increase the number Wisconsin's eastern bluebirds and cavity nesting birds through activities to lend a helping hand to ensure their populations continue to thrive and remain stable.

 

BRAW is a nonprofit organization incorporated under the laws of the State of Wisconsin. Donations and other financial support of BRAW, Inc. is a tax deductible charity to the extent allowed by law.

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BRAW Info Pack No. 6

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Your donation to BRAW"s bluebird conservation efforts is  appreciated.

BRAW COUNTY COORDINATORS

BRAW is a nonprofit organization incorporated under the laws of the State of Wisconsin. Donations and other financial support of BRAW, Inc. is a tax deductible charity to the extent allowed by law.

The most exciting and rewarding experience of being a member is to take care of a Bluebird Trail. The BRAW site and BRAW members are here to help you to be successful.

Once your trail or boxes are up and ready, it is important to monitor them. This will allow the bluebirds to thrive in the best possible conditions.

NEW

 BRAW Info Pack Version 6

Is Now Available

BRAW is offering a high-quality cedar nest box with a predator guard as part of a $15 Holiday Gift Membership deal for a members to give to NEW Wisconsin members only. 

This offer expires December 31st.

Here's how it works.

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Current members give a Gift Membership to  someone outside of their household

The new members gets an online subscription to our publication Wisconsin Bluebird

 

If the new member resides in the State of Wisconsin, they will also get a Bluebird nest box shipped to them free of charge

To order you must contact Valerie.

Email: ripvws@gmail.com

Phone: (847) 302-5864

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We invite you to explore our website and encourage you to contact us if you have any questions or comments, or wish to become a member.

Our Mission

The mission of the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin (BRAW) is to broaden the base of state residents who help Eastern Bluebirds and native cavity nesters by erecting, maintaining and monitoring nest boxes. 

Our Vision

The vision of the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin (BRAW) is to ensure that the state’s Eastern Bluebird and other native cavity nesters population remains strong and stable.

 

  • The Summer 2020 Newsletter has been mailed out

  • Information Pack No. 6 is was mailed out this week

  • Online Forms are being updated to be more user-friendly

  • Membership payment on line are being accepted

  • Our website is being updated for a better  look and user-friendliness

  • BRAW is no accepting membership payments online

BRAW COUNTY COORDINATORS

Expect  temporary visual changes as the project continues.

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UPDATE

2020 Nest Box Data Report Summary

BRAW thanks all who submitted reports!!!

177 online reports were received!

This year the pandemic's disrupted a lot of activities and some missed the report deadline.

BRAW understands this and encourages anyone unable to submit  their report(s) to send theirs in by  December 31

   ONLINE  SUBMISSION FORMS     

Form 20S

BRAW Informational Packet:

Attracting Eastern Bluebirds & Other Cavity Nesters (26 pages),
by Kent Hall, Ph. D. and Pat Ready (Editor)

This booklet pulls together the collective experiences of people who work especially in the interest of bluebirds, particularly those persons who record and summarize their nest box data and whom we term monitors.

CONTENT of the INFO PACKET

  • Fence post mounting system

  • 3/4” Conduit Mounting System

  • NABS style Bluebird Box, plan

  • Peterson Nest Box (Unvented), plan

  • The “K” Bluebird Nest Box, plan

  • Resources for bluebirders:

  • County Coordinators are Ready to Help You

  • School and Youth Outreach

  • Recommended Reading

  • Bluebird chick development– first 14 days by Jack Bartholmai

  • ANNUAL BIRD NESTING SURVEY SUMMARY
    Etc.

Cover: Life cycle of the Eastern Bluebird (Photos by Pat Ready)

GUIDELINES FOR SUCCESSFUL MONITORING OF EASTERN BLUEBIRD NEST BOXES By Kent D. Hall, Ph.D.

Our Latest Information Pack

 6th Edition June, 2020

The new member Information Packet is authored by Kent Hall and our President, Patrick Ready. Inside you will find vast bluebird information and "do it yourself" examples for: attracting these beautiful songbirds; locating nest boxes; starting a trail; monitoring a trail; county coordinator listing; and useful data collection forms for field use.  

  Member News 

  • Copies of New Information Pack No. 6 available for $2.00 ea. ​

  • Membership payment on line is being accepted

Online Bluebird News Stories 

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There are two ways to make payments and donations to BRAW. You may pay by check or online (via either PayPal or credit card).

1) Payment by check

If you prefer to send by mail the payment you entered in the previous page form, send your check made to BRAW, Inc., to:

BRAW Membership Coordinator
Mike Ray
PO Box 628492
Middleton, WI 53562

If you include an email address with your payment, the membership coordinator will send an email confirming receipt once it has been processed.

2) Payment with PayPal or credit card

PayPal is very secure. BRAW does not handle your financial data at all, only PayPal or your Credit Card Company does.

To purchase/renew a membership, select the appropriate membership from the first box and click Add to Cart:
  • $10 USD Online Gift Membership – good for one year, newsletter is distributed electronically (requires a valid email address)

  • $15 USD Student Annual Membership – for students only, good for one year, newsletter is distributed electronically (requires a valid email address)

  • $20 USD Online Annual Membership – good for one year, newsletter is distributed electronically (requires a valid email address)

  • $25 Individual/Family Annual Membership – good for one year, hardcopy of newsletter is mailed out

  • $100 Corporate Annual Membership – intended for businesses, good for one year, hardcopy of newsletter is mailed out

  • $300 Life Membership – hardcopy of newsletter is mailed out

 

If you are purchasing more than one membership, please complete each purchase separately.

To donate supplies to BRAW, select any item and click Add to Cart:
  • $15 USD Nest Box

  • $100 USD Trail Nest

 

Within the Paypal cart, you may select the number of each.

To donate funds to BRAW, click the Donate button.

NOTE: PayPal allows you to pay with a PayPal account or a Credit Card. If you pay with a PayPal account you should see the left screenshot below, if you pay with a credit card you should see the right screenshot and click on “Continue“. Also if you want to add a donation to your membership, you have to click on “Continue Shopping” in the PayPal window before clicking on the Check Out Button. If you miss the “Continue Shopping” or if it does not work, you have to make another PayPal payment by going back to this page.

BRAW's Preferred Nest Box
Designed by Fred Craig
Checking A Fred Craig Nest Box 
 Nest Box Shown With Noel Predator Guard Attached

Where is Pope Farm?

The conservancy is located at:

 7440 W Old Sauk Rd, Verona, WI 53593

NBAS Style Bluebird Box Material List

  • Cedar lumber preferred 

  •  Top:  8" wide

  • Back, front, sides & bottom:  6" wide

  • All angle cuts are 10 degrees 

  • Roof: 10 -1/2"long  x  7 -1/2" wide

  • Sides:  9 -7/8"long  x  5" wide

  • Floor:  3-3/4" long  x  5" wide

NBAS Approved 

NABS Style Nest Box

This solitary nest box is located in one of the prairie restoration areas of within the Pope Farm Conservancy.

View of rainbow from Pope Farm Conservancy

Pope Farm Conservancy is 105 acres that sits on top of three recessional moraines in the Town of Middleton, Wisconsin, where three different watersheds come together. A 360 degree panoramic view of Lake Mendota, the Capitol and Madison’s west side can be seen to the east, the Black Earth Creek valley to the North, and the terminal moraine to the South and West.

Six different Prairie Restoration projects and seven different crops including a field of sunflowers provide tremendous synergy that attracts wildlife to the conservancy. Forty interpretive signs follow the historical aspects of the land. They start with the Glaciers and land formation, followed by the Native Americans, settlers, the CCC project in the 1930’s, to today’s methods of erosion control. These features and their interpretation have resulted in making Pope Farm an educational conservancy.

Where is Pope Farm?

BRAW's Preferred Nest Box
Designed by Fred Craig
Checking A Fred Craig Nest Box 
 Nest Box Shown With Noel Predator Guard Attached

Where is Pope Farm?

The conservancy is located at:

 7440 W Old Sauk Rd, Verona, WI 53593

NBAS Style Bluebird Box Material List

  • Cedar lumber preferred 

  •  Top:  8" wide

  • Back, front, sides & bottom:  6" wide

  • All angle cuts are 10 degrees 

  • Roof: 10 -1/2"long  x  7 -1/2" wide

  • Sides:  9 -7/8"long  x  5" wide

  • Floor:  3-3/4" long  x  5" wide

NBAS Approved 

NABS Style Nest Box

This solitary nest box is located in one of the prairie restoration areas of within the Pope Farm Conservancy.

View of rainbow from Pope Farm Conservancy

Pope Farm Conservancy is 105 acres that sits on top of three recessional moraines in the Town of Middleton, Wisconsin, where three different watersheds come together. A 360 degree panoramic view of Lake Mendota, the Capitol and Madison’s west side can be seen to the east, the Black Earth Creek valley to the North, and the terminal moraine to the South and West.

Six different Prairie Restoration projects and seven different crops including a field of sunflowers provide tremendous synergy that attracts wildlife to the conservancy. Forty interpretive signs follow the historical aspects of the land. They start with the Glaciers and land formation, followed by the Native Americans, settlers, the CCC project in the 1930’s, to today’s methods of erosion control. These features and their interpretation have resulted in making Pope Farm an educational conservancy.

Where is Pope Farm?

Below are nest box building plans the two most productive nest  boxes recorded by BRAW.  Building a bluebird nest box is a fun and rewarding family activity. Best of all is locating is the collective enjoyment gained watching bluebirds move in and seeing their fledglings. 

BRAW Recommended Nest Boxes

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Restoration

Association of

Wisconsin

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