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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Michigan Bluebird News......
ANOTHER NESTING SEASON OVER
It is hard to believe that another nesting season is over. Hoepfully you had a successful one. Judging from the forms returned so far, this was a good year for Bluebirds. If you have not done so already, be sure to fill out the End of Season Nesting Summary report and send it in to MBS. The form is available on our Download page. The data is valuable to help us analyze how the season turned out state wide and to try and identify challenges that people had which may be fixable.
Also, if you have not done so already, this is a good time to take down your nest boxes for the season. Clean them out, make needed repairs and store them inside out of the weather. This will help them to last longer. You could leave a couple out for the birds to use as roosting boxes. They will welcome the warmth on those cold, windy Winter days.
With the extra warm Fall, you could still be seeing Bluebirds in your yard regularly. If you are, be sure to put some meal worms out for them. Their natural food supplies have been pretty abundant, but with the lack of rain, they could be having to search for food by now. They would welcome some live meal worms. They also like water, so keep your birdbath clean and filled with fresh water. And if you can keep a heated birdbath out for the Winter it just might encourage a pair to stay in your yard for the Winter.
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.
Your friends at the Michigan Bluebird Society