Interesting News Related To MBS
MBS 2016 Spring Festival - Saturday, March 19, 2015!
What a great weekend at the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute! Once again, our Bluebird Festival was a big success and everyone in attendance seemed to enjoy themselves. For those of you who weren't able to attend, the PCCI is an absolutely beautiful nature and environmental education facility. The investment in the building and programs is very impressive and the staff couldn't have been more helpful or nicer to us. And once again, we were lucky with the weather - dry, partly sunny, little wind, and temperatures in the mid 40's.
The number of people at the Festival was higher than our expectations. We had approximately 63 registered, but our estimate is that 75-80 was the actual number of people who came through. It was hard to get an exact count, because people seemed to come and go during the afternoon. Revenue and donations slightly exceeded last year's Muskegon meeting. This is good because it helps greatly to defer the costs of the meeting which are pretty high. We are very thankful for MBS member Larry Hayward who generously paid for the entire meeting room fee. During the business meeting, as a thank you, we presented him with a beautiful framed bluebird photo kindly provided by Jonathan Morgan.
Above is a bird's eye view of PCCI, a view of the back deck and Bluebird habitat and a view of the interior. Beautiful facility!
Above are Liz Hagemeister & Ann Gaultney at the registration table. Marianne Smith, Gail Chapman & Ann Gaultney wrapping up prize gifts and Lenawee County Coordinator Don Smith at his Expo product display.
MBS President Kurt Hagemeister opened the festival by conducting the Annual Meeting. MBS Vice President Phil Peterson and wife Kristin in front of their Bluebird Expo table. Oakland County Coordinator Duane Lanyon and Calhoun County Coordinator Kristie Preston speak with an attendee.
The Barred Owl, Screech Owl, Saw Whet Owl and Kestrel were all a part of Joe Roger's presentation, which everyone enjoyed.
A thank you gift was presented to member Larry Hayward for his generosity in making the meeting at PCCI possible. Prize drawing winners Jessica Phillips and Luann.
Prize drawing winners MBS members Doris & Jim Cubberly. As there always is at our festivals, there was good food! Both at the Friday night dinner at a local restaurant and lunch at PCCI!
MBS 2015 Fall Festival was our best attended Fall Festival ever!
The MBS 2015 Fall Festival on September 13, 2015, at Dahlem Center in Jackson was a huge success. Our best attendence ever at our Fall event! Thanks to all who attended. We enjoyed having you with us. We hope you had a good time and will join us again next year. And don't forget about our Spring Festival in March. Watch the website for the announcement of the date and time for that.
MBS 2015 Spring Festival a Huge Success!
The MBS 2015 Spring Festival was held on March 28, 2015 at Muskegon Community College. The event continued the growing trend of fascinating programs, Bluebird comradery, fun kid's activities and lots of learning! Over 85 people braved the 13 degree temperature to attend the festival. Below are some photos from the event.
Friday night's welcome dinner was our best attended ever Welcome dinner attendees were treated to a beautiful
with 19 people! The Lake House Waterfront Grille along the sunset over Muskegon Lake at the end of the dinner.
marina is highly recommended, if you are ever in Muskegon.
Great food, great service & a fabulous view was enjoyed by all!
Muskegon Community College was a great venue for the MBS display tables at the Bluebird Expo.
meeting - lots of space, plenty of parking and attentive
service from their staff.
The registration & check-out table was very busy most of Prize Drawings have become a popular part of the
the day. Here, Ann Gaultney & Liz Hagemeister register Festival each year. This table displays all of the great
some attendees. prizes! MBS thanks all of those who donated prizes,
including WoodCraft Kits, Ann Gaultney/ Gene
Wasserman, Kurt & Liz Hagemeister & Wild Birds
Unlimited of Ann Arbor.
Newsletter Director Gail Chapman & Marianne Smith of Vice President Phil Peterson introduces Jim McGrath
Tecumseh, who is a co-founding member of MBS. of Nature Discovery, who did the extremely popular
Birding by Ear presentation.
Melanie Manion presented an extremely informative Gene Wasserman (Ingham, Eaton, Clinton County
program called Gardening For Bluebirds and More. Coordinator) shows his interesting bird photo display
to MBS member Pete Alberda and his grandchildren.
John Harville (Berrien, Cass, Van Buren County Coordinator) The Bluebird Expo was bigger & better than ever this
talks to attendees about Bluebirds at his booth in the year with lots of informative displays and Bluebird
Bluebird Expo. gear to look at.
New MBS County Coordinator Anita Friend of the Muskegon The Kids' Activity Area was a big hit with the many
County Wastewater Management System gave a wonderful children in attendance!
program on all the bird, plant and water conservation projects
her organization is carrying out. If you are ever in this area and
want to vist a great birding and nature viewing area, stop by the
More Blue Signtings!
On February 10, 2015, there were more blue sightings in Haslett. The blue bear is probably even more elusive than the Winter Bluebird!
Winter Bluebird Sightings!
On January 28, 2015, there were rumors of Winter Bluebirds (pictured below) being sighted in Haslett! Winter Bluebirds prefer cold temperatures and overcast skies. On warm or sunny days they do not stay around very long.
Record Turnout for 2014 MBS Fall Festival!
The Michigan Bluebird Society held its annual Fall Festival meeting at the Dahlem Nature Center in Jackson on September 7th. We had a record turnout of more than 35 members and guests join us! It was a beautiful, sunny day and we had an interesting program schedule. MBS Vice President Phil Peterson gave an informative presentation about using roost boxes during the Fall and Winter months. After his presentation, audience members shared valuable information regarding their own experiences with roost boxes.
Following Phil’s program, Megan Shave, a graduate student at MSU, gave a fascinating talk on the agricultural and conservation impact of kestrel nest boxes in several fruit orchards in Leelanau County in northwestern Michigan. Audience members were intrigued by the high nesting success rate of the nest box program and expressed interest in attracting kestrels locally.
Audience members absorbed valuable information from speakers Phil Peterson and Megan Shave.
Congratulations to the raffle winner Connie Spotts!
Discovery Preserve at Euclid Park
MBS Vice President Phil Peterson assisted local volunteers with the installation of bluebird nest boxes at the Discovery Preserve in Bay City on June 23, 2014. Six Gilbertson boxes were installed at locations throughout the urban preserve. Phil instructed volunteers on how to use the conduit/rebar system for the nest box installation. The Discovery Preserve at Euclid Park is a 12-acre preserve under the care of the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy. The park was formerly known as the Euclid Linear Park and is located at 1701 S. Euclid Avenue, Bay City, MI 48706. The park has benefitted from several grants and from significant volunteer efforts. Improvements include enhanced landscaping, bridge repair, removal of invasive species, reintroduction of native species, upgraded restroom facilities, and new interpretive signage. A paved trail provides easy access, and a viewing platform allows observation of wildlife in the preserve’s pond at the end of the paved trail. Information about the Discovery Preserve can be found on their web site: http://www.sblc-mi.org/discovery-preserve.html
The MBS is always willing to assist with nest box trail projects. Our main goals with all projects are that the habitat is good for bluebirds and other native cavity-nesting birds and that concrete provisions are in place for the boxes to be maintained and monitored. Contact us if you have a good location for a bluebird nest box project.
2014 MBS Spring Festival A Big Success!
The 2014 Spring Bluebird Festival on March 29th was a huge success and the organization’s best event to date. Over 100 people came out on a chilly but sunny day to the Hagerty Center in Traverse City to learn about bluebirds and native birds. The view of iced-over Grand Traverse Bay from the meeting room was spectacular and helped showcase one of the many beautiful spots in Michigan. In addition to fascinating programs by Jim McGrath, Dave Barrons, and Kurt Hagemeister, the bluebird Q&A panel discussion was very popular with attendees. Add to that the Bluebird Expo, Kid's Activity Corner and a delicious lunch and you have the makings for a perfect day! Below are a few pictures of the event.
The registration table was a busy start to the event!
Lunch was delicious!
The Bluebird Expo was busy all day!
Gene Wasserman helped keep the kids busy at the Kid's Activity Corner!
MBS Elects New Officers
During the Spring Festival on March 29, 2014, MBS held an election of officers. Kurt Hagemeister (President), Phil Peterson (Vice-President), Ann Gaultney (Treasurer) and Liz Hagemeister (Secretary) were elected to 3 year terms starting immediately.
Help For Genessee County Bluebirds
Hopefully the Bluebird population in Genessee County will be rising, after the great response to the Bluebirds 101 class held in March, 2014 at the For-Mar Nature Reserve and Arboretum in Burton. The class was taught by MBS Genessee County Coordinator Mary Lee Mason. Click here to read an article from the Flint Journal with details on the class and the volunteer group who wants to help the Bluebirds.
2013 Spring Festival
Here are some pictures from the 2013 MBS Spring Bluebird Festival held at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon on March 31st. Over 80 people attended the meeting to hear the programs, talk about bluebirds, buy nesting boxes and other bluebird stuff, and hike the beautiful trails near the Lake Michigan shoreline. Many thanks to Don Smith for the great pictures.
MBS V.P. Phil Peterson talks to an attendee about nesting boxes.
Ann Gaultney and Liz Hagemeister did a great job running the registration table.
MBS Ingham County Coordinator Gene Wasserman talks to co-founding MBS member Marianne Smith.
MBS President Kurt Hagemeister welcomed attendees to the Festival and also gave a talk on getting started with bluebirding.
MBS put on it's first Bluebird Expo with all kinds of products to help people fledge more birds (and show off their support of bluebirds and MBS!)
Berrien County Coordinator John Harville talks to attendees about attracting bluebirds.
Attendees were treated to a fascinating program on raptors by Sue Stamy. Here Sue holds a Barred Owl.
This is just part of the lunch crowd enjoying a beautiful view of the dunes.
A misty view through the trees.
The nature hike led by volunteer Lillian Remus gets underway.
The long hike through the woods was rewarded by a beautiful walk on a perfect sand beach.
The late March walk yielded some interesting birds like Golden Crowned Kinglets, Turkey's, and a Brown Creeper.