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......
IS IT WINTER? IT IS FOR THE BIRDS!
As you know Michigan is having an unusually mild Winter. The Southern part of the state has had many more resident birds than usual.
The Audubon Christmas Count noted Turkey Vultures, Sandhill Cranes, a Hermit Thrush and lots of Bluebirds in Southern Michigan. Typically all of these birds would migrate South for the Winter. If you do see Bluebirds in your yard, consider putting food out for them. Even though the weather has been mild, their supply of natural food will run out. Mealworms are always a nutritious treat and welcomed by the Bluebirds any time of the year. They will also readily eat wild berries. If all of the berries in your yard become coated with ice, there are alternatives. In addition to meal worms, they will also eat suet, sunflower hearts, softened fruit, cornmeal muffins and even scrambled eggs. You can also make them a homemade Bluebird treat.
If you chose to take your nest boxes down for the Winter, now is a good time to be making any needed repairs. It will soon be time to put them back up, so they are ready when the Bluebirds do return to your area and look for nesting sites.
Note: The above information contains excerpts from our Feeding Bluebirds page. See that page for more information and the recipe for the treat.
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