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......
NESTING SEASON IS WINDING DOWN
For the most part Bluebirds in many areas of Michigan are done nesting. However, depending on where you live, there can definitely still be active nests. So keep monitoring your nest boxes into August to be sure. If you do not have any active nests by early to mid-August, it is safe to take the boxes down for the season.
Factors which can influence whether Bluebirds nest in mid-Summer are weather and the availability of insects for food. Every nesting season is different in regard to how much natural food is available and when it is available. And unless you can talk to the Bluebirds to find out, it is pretty much impossible to know what the food situation might be! Another impactor is believed to be the level of hormones present in the female which determine her ability to lay eggs. The theory is that these hormone levels decrease as the nesting season progresses.
Even though the Bluebirds on your trails may be done nesting, you are still likely to see them for a while with young birds flying around in small groups looking for food. So putting out meal worms is still a fun and rewarding activity. Also the warm or hot weahter will likely bring the Bluebirds to your bird bath. So keep the bird bath filled with clean water thru Summer and into Fall.
Be sure to clean out your nest boxes (if you haven't already) when you are sure nesting season is over. This is easy to do by washing them out with a garden hose and scrubing them with a brush. To get them even cleaner wash them out with a 10% bleach/90% water solution. Let them dry throughly before storing them in the garage or shed for the Winter. This will help them last longer. You could leave out a box or two for the Winter for the birds to use as roost boxes.
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 people had which may be fixable.
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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