WELCOME TO THE MICHIGAN BLUEBIRD SOCIETY!
Male bluebird feeding a female bluebird - photo courtesy of Dave Kinneer
The Michigan Bluebird Society is a group of individuals dedicated to helping bluebirds and other cavity nesting bird species in the state of Michigan. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and an affiliate of the North American Bluebird Society.
Why There is a Need to Help Bluebirds and What You Can Do
Because of habitat loss, environmental pollution, and competition of non-native bird species (House Sparrows and European Starlings), bluebirds have suffered large declines compared to their original numbers. However, bluebirds have been shown to thrive in areas where there is human-provided housing that is actively monitored. As a result, through the efforts of many people, bluebirds have increased in numbers in the last 10 years. Putting up a nest box is the easiest and most important thing you can do. Not only are you helping bluebirds to populate, but watching a pair of adults build a nest, lay eggs, and feed their young is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding things you will ever experience. Just ask any bluebird landlord - you'll be hooked and changed forever!
The Michigan Bluebird Society is an affiliate of the North American Bluebird Society.
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Fall and Winter Bluebird Activities!
Many people believe that Bluebirds migrate and will not be in their yards during the late Fall and Winter. In some places this may be true, but with global warming and milder Michigan Winters, more people do have Bluebirds in their yards all year. You may see them perching on a tree limb, fence post or nest box just as you do in the Spring and Summer. You may also see them checking out a nest box, just as they do in the Spring and wonder, if they are thinking of nesting because of the warmer temps. Actually they may be checking to see if they could use the box for roosting.
You can prepare nest boxes for roosting by sealing up any ventilation holes and insulating the floor of the box. You could add about an inch of SMALL wood chips (avoid sawdust and commercially sold cedar bedding and do not put in any large wood chips, which might get stuck in the hole and trap a bird inside) or a layer of soft grass or moss. Another insulation method is to line the floor of the box with silver foil (which insulates and seals), bringing it up to the front of the nest box just under the entrance hole. Or you could put a 1/2" thick piece of styrofoam on the bottom of the nest box.
If you usually offer meal worms during the Spring and Summer, continue to provide them thru the Fall and Winter to supplement the Bluebird diet. When temperatures drop too low for them to find insects, Bluebirds will eat ripe berries, suet and/or chopped dried fruit such as raisins or currants. To train them to eat the dried fruit, mix it in with the meal worms. Some people have also had success feeding scrambled eggs. Note - If you have trouble finding meal worms during the Winter, go to your local bait shop and purchase some wax worms. They cost a little more than meal worms, but are readily accepted.
Please don't hesitate to contact MBS with any questions or problems you might have. We are available to assist you in your bluebirding efforts. To find a County Coordinator near you or for a general contact at the MBS, please go to Contact Us.
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