MICHIGAN BLUEBIRD SOCIETY

Experiencing the Joy of Bluebirds!

Michigan Bluebird Society

2018 Spring Bluebird Festival

Saturday, March 24, 2018   9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Washtenaw Community College

Ann Arbor, Michigan

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The Michigan Bluebird Society is very pleased to announce the 13th Annual Spring Bluebird Festival.  This is a day of fun and education with the focus on Eastern Bluebirds and other cavity nesting birds in the state of Michigan.   This event is geared toward any individual, family or group who is interested in learning how to use nest boxes, feeders, plantings and land management to encourage nesting birds such as Bluebirds.  Some of the advantages of attending this informative, fun filled day are:

Speakers on a variety of topics related to Bluebirds, birds, and nature

A Bluebird Expert Panel Discussion - where you can ask and get answers to your most preplexing Bluebird questions

Bluebird Nest Box Building Workshops - take home a nest box to put up in your yard

Educational exhibits on Bluebirds and other native birds

A Bluebird Expo - where you can purchase Bluebird nest boxes, poles, accessories and more.  (All proceeds after costs go directly to help Bluebird 

  conservation in Michigan.)

Talk to experienced Bluebirders one on one

Free informational hand outs

Master Gardeners in attendance will show you how to garden for Bluebirds

Cost to Attend:  Free

Location:           Morris Lawrence Building on the Washtenaw Community College Campus,  4800 E Huron River Drive,  Ann Arbor, Mi    Their website is  www.wccnet.edu

Parking:          Free

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AGENDA

 Friday

6:00 PM - Welcome dinner at Guy Hollerin's Ann Arbor Bar & Grill, 3600 Plymouth Rd, next to the North Campus. SpringBBTheir website is Guy Hollerins Brews & Blues

 Saturday

9:00-10:00 AMRegistration, Meet and Greet, Coffee or tea - Talk to old friends, meet new Bluebirders, have coffee or tea.  Visit the Michigan Bluebird Society Bluebird Expo including exhibitors, kid's activities and informational displays. The Michigan Bluebird Society (MBS) Store will be there and open all day.   

10:00-10:30 AM Annual MBS Business Meeting - Join MBS President Kurt Hagemeister for the Annual MBS Business Meeting.  Learn about MBS, our 2017 projects and achievements, and our plans for 2018.

10:30-10:45 AM - BREAK - Stretch your legs, visit the MBS Store, the Bluebird Expo, Kid's Area, exhibitors and informational displays.  

10:45 AM-11:45 AM - The Bluebird Question and Answer Session - Get the answers to your Bluebird (and other cavity nesting birds) questions.  Join our panel of experts for an informative question and answer session.  Then sit tight - there will be a prize drawing immediately following this session! Expo

11:45 AM-1:00 PM Lunch If you reserved a lunch (cost is $10 -see how to reserve below), join us in the Exposition Hall.  If you did not reserve lunch, there is a food court near by where you can purchase it.  Or just spend your time visiting the MBS Store, the Bluebird Expo and other exhibits. In either case get ready for an afternoon of great presentations which will start promptly at 1:00 PM.

1:00 PM-3:30 PM - Nest Box Building Workshop - Cost is $20 per nest box kit.  Supplies are limited, so interested attendees need to reserve the kits in advance by emailing  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Fee is payable at the event. ONE nest box per family.

1:00-2:00 PMCreation of A Bluebird Film by Charles St. Charles - Join Charles St. Charles and learn about his groundbreaking work in nature and wildlife documentaries.  Charles will also discuss the one of a kind Bluebird documentary commissioned by the Michigan Bluebird Society.   Sit tight - the second prize drawing will immediately follow this presentation.

2:00-2:15 PM - BREAK - Visit the MBS Store, the Bluebird Expo, Kid's Area, exhibitors and informational displays.

2:15-3:15 PM - Purple Martin Conservation by Penny Briscoe - Join Penny Briscoe for a presentation about Purple Martins.  Learn about their trials and tribulations in Michigan.  Purple Martins are one of Michigan's most popular cavity nesting birds and they are responding positively to thoughtful and careful intervention from people.

3:15-3:30 PM - BREAK - Stretch your legs, visit the MBS Store, the Bluebird Expo, Kid's Area, exhibitors and informational displays.   .

3:30-4:45 PM - Michigan Birds of Prey - Survival At Its Finest by Ms. Francie Krawcke - Join Francie Krawcke from the Michigan Avian Experience for an informative presentation on raptors.  Live raptors will be displayed, including a Bald Eagle.

4:45 PM - Adjourn - Before leaving be sure to make one last visit to the MBS Store and exhibitors before they pack up for the night.

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Directions to the Morris Lawrence Building

The easiest way to get to the building is to exit US-23 at Geddes Rd. Go east from the roundabout and stay in the right lane.  The first traffic light you come to will be Dixboro Rd.  Turn right (South) and proceed over the Huron River.  When you reach the next light keep going straight.  You’ll immediately see Washtenaw Community College on the right.  The road will now be E. Huron River Drive.  Stay in the right lane and keep going until it bends to the right.  Turn into the drive on the right and you will see the Morris Lawrence Building.  Park either in the lot in front or to the right of the building.

  

      How To Reserve Lunch or Register To Build A Nest Box

      IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO REGISTER FOR THE FESTIVAL.  Lunch is available for $10 (payable at the event).  Please help us plan for food or register to build a nest box by:

       Phone:  Call John Harville at 269-473-2667 and leave a message with your name, number of people attending who will be having lunch with us, or the name of the person building a nest box, and a phone number where you can be reached. 

Email:  Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, number of people attending who will be having lunch with us, or the name of the person building a nest box and an email address or phone number where you can be reached.

 

Friday Night Dinner

If you’re arriving the day before, you’re welcome to attend our annual Welcome Dinner. (See details above).  Let Kurt Hagemeister know if you plan to attend and how many people we should expect.  Email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call  him at (734) 663-9746.

 

Hotel Information

 There are a number of fine hotels within a short drive of the Washtenaw Community College.  The MBS has worked out blocks of rooms at 2 hotels within a 2 mile drive of the meeting:

1.     Ann Arbor Regents Hotel & Suites;  2455 Carpenter Rd., Ann Arbor (734) 973-6100.  Room rate is $127 plus applicable taxes. There is a free breakfast.  Reservations need to be made by March 2nd.  Use the group code BLUEBIRD when making your reservation.

2.    Holiday Inn – near the U-M North Campus;  3600 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor  (734) 769-9800.  Room rate is $98 plus applicable taxes.  No free breakfast, but there is a restaurant on site.  Reservations need to be made by March 9th.  Refer to the Michigan Bluebird Society group when making your reservation. 

 

Visit The Annual……

Bluebird Expo

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Learn more about bluebirds and stock up on bluebird gear for the coming nesting season!  All proceeds after our cost go to help bluebird conservation.  Here’s just some of what you’ll find... 

      Exhibit tables from non-profit groups

      Free informational handoutsBluebirdRangeMIAll

      Nesting Boxes

      Poles

      Predator Guards

      Sparrow Traps and Inhibitors

      Bluebird Books

        MBS and bluebird Mugs

      MBS Shirts

        Bluebird T-shirts

     Bluebird Feeders

      √  Hats

     Mealworms

      Get Your Bluebird Questions Answered!

Build your own nest box

AND MORE!

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2018 SPRING BLUEBIRD FESTIVAL

Saturday March 24, 2018

Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor

Mark your calendar now!

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OUR MISSION

To improve the nesting success of the Eastern Bluebird & other native cavity-nesting birds in the state of Michigan through education of our members and the general public, as well as promoting active nest box management and habitat improvement.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sat Feb 24 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Purple Martin Presentation
Thu Mar 01 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Wild Birds Unlimited In Ann Arbor Invites You To Attracting Bluebirds In Michigan
Sun Mar 04 @ 4:15PM -
Bluebirds: 101 at Wild Birds Unlimited in Novi
Thu Mar 08 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Purple Martin Conservation
Sat Mar 10 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Owl Prowl At Grosse Ile
Sat Mar 24 @ 9:00AM - 04:30PM
Michigan Bluebird Society Spring 2018 Festival

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Proceeds go to help bluebird conservation.

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 MBS Does Bluebird Programs

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 If you would like someone to do an interesting program on bluebirds for your group,contact MBS to schedule a day and time. We can do talks to nature groups, civic organizations, schools, gardenclubs, etc. in most areas of the state.  Go to our Contact Us page, and send a message to the  Coordinator for your county. If there is not one for your county, contact Kurt Hagemeister, MBS President.

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