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 native 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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DURING THIS BUSY SEASON REMEMBER THE BLUEBIRDS!
For those of you who live in areas where it gets cold in the Winter, that has finally happened. And most areas have had significant snowfall. The cold weather and the snow cover make it much more difficult for birds to find food. So please consider supplementing with suet, meal worms and dried fruit.
Many people believe that Bluebirds migrate and they won't see them in their yards in the Winter. This may be true in some areas, but with global warming and milder Michigan Winters, more people are reporting having Bluebirds in their yards all year. Even if you have not seen any Bluebirds, think about Winter in your yard and what it means to the Buebirds that might have decided to stay in your area.
>If you offer meal worms during the Spring and Summer, continue to provide them during the Winter to supplement the Bluebird diet. When temperatures drop low enough that they cannot find enough insects, Bluebirds will eat suet and/or fruit. To train them to eat fruit chopped raisins or currants can be mixed with the meal worms. Some people have also had success feeding Bluebirds scrambled eggs. >
Also remember that Bluebirds are attracted to water. There are many types of heated bird baths available. Adding one to your yard might just attract some Bluebirds even during the Winter. Many people believe that birds will eat snow and don't need water during the Winter. But if you add a heated bird bath, you will see that this is not true. Water is a big attraction to birds during the Winter. On days that we think are very cold, you will see many birds taking a bath. And that is always fun to watch any time of the year!
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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