Experiencing the Joy of Bluebirds!

Michigan Bluebird Society

12th Annual

  Spring Bluebird Festival

March 25, 2017

9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Hagerty Center

Traverse City, Michigan


It isn't too early to make palns to attend this year's Spring Bluebird Festival.  It will be held Saturday, March 25th at the beautiful Hagerty Center in Traverse City.   If you were able to attend the meeting there in 2014, you will understand why people raved about the location and the event. The Hagerty Center (part of Northwestern Michigan College) is a beautiful meeting facility right on Grand Traverse Bay and close to the downtown Traverse City area.  It is a great location for an early spring getaway before the "Up North" crowds arrive. If you were not able to attend the meeting in 2014, you can read more about the Hagerty Center and find maps to get there on their website: https://www.nmc.edu/resources/hagerty-center 

    Why should you attend?

     A fascinating program schedule with expert speakers

     •  Bluebird Expo filled with bluebird gear & theme gifts to buy (see more info. below)  

       Time to mingle with experienced bluebirders

     •  Free admission for the entire day or just for certain programs. Lunch is optional at a fee of $15.00 per person.

       Beautiful views of Grand Traverse Bay and walking distance to downtown Traverse City

Again there is NO charge to attend this event!  However, if you wish to join us for lunch, there will be a nominal fee. 



6:30 PM - Welcome dinner at the Sleders - 717 Randolph Street, Traverse City.  (Dinner will be at your expense.)  View their menu at sleders.com  Saturday

9:30-10:15 AMRegistration - Join old friends, new friends and the public for conversation, camaradarie and coffee. Visit the Bluebird Expo and MBS informational displays. 

10:15-10:45 AM Annual MBS Business Meeting Vote for MBS officers and get an update on the past years' successes.

10:45-11:00 AM - BREAK - Stretch your legs and visit the Bluebird Expo and informational displays.  

11:00 AM-12:00 PM - The Bluebird Question and Answer Session- Get the answers to your most vexing Bluebird questions from our panel of experts! Then sit tight - there will be a prize drawing immediately following this session! FallFest14Speakers

12:00-1:00 PM Lunch - Visit the Bluebird Expo and informational displays.

1:00-2:00 PMWonder of Raptors by Ms. Rebecca Lessard - Join Ms. Rebecca Lessard Founder and Director of Wings of Wonder in Empire, MI for an informative presentation introducing attendees to the special features of raptors, native Michigan raptors and the primary reasons for their declining populations. Live raptors will be featured.  Then sit tight - there will be a another prize drawing immediately following this session!

2:00-2:15 PM - BREAK - Stretch your legs and visit the Bluebird Expo and informational displays.

2:15-3:15 PM - Neighborhood Birding by Tom Ford - Join local naturalist, birding expert, author and artist Mr. Tom Ford for an informative presentation about backyard birding.

3:15-3:30 PM - BREAK - Stretch your legs and visit the Bluebird Expo and informational displays.

3:30-4:15 PM - Bluebird Basics by Kurt Hagemeister Join MBS President Mr. Kurt Hagemeister for an informative presentation covering all the basics of nest box selection, placement, monitoring, problem solving and maintenance. Attendees will leave with all of the basic knowledge necessary to be successful Bluebird landlords.  Handouts will be providedl.

4:15-4:30 PM - Visit the Bluebird Expo, purchase a nest box (or two!) to get that Bluebird trail started just in time for Northern Michigan's arrival of the Eastern Bluebird.

4:30 PM - Adjourn

Hagerty Center is part of Northwestern Michigan College.  You can reach the Center by phone at 231-995-3100.  For directions to the Hagerty Center, please see the Northwestern Michigan College website.  

If you plan to join us for lunch, please help us plan for food by reserving a lunch. See below for details.

How To Reserve Lunch:

Please reserve a lunch in one of the following ways:

       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, 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 and your email address or a phone number where you can be reached.

Hotel Information:

MBS has worked out a special rate at the Holiday Inn West Bay Beach Resort for $99.95 per night (State and local taxes not included) for Friday and Saturday nights.  Note - at this price the number of available rooms will be limited.  You will need to book your room by February 15, 2017, to receive this rate.  When you book a room, you will need to mention that you are with the Michigan Bluebird Society group. Call 231-947-3700 to reserve your room.

 Visit The Annual……

Bluebird Expo


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 handoutsDSC 0024

      Nesting Boxes


      Predator Guards

      Sparrow Traps and Inhibitors

      Bluebird Books

        MBS and bluebird Mugs

      MBS Shirts

        Bluebird T-shirts

     Bluebird Feeders

      √  Hats


      Get Your Bluebird Questions Answered!


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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.


Thu Mar 30 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Attracting Bluebirds To Your Yard
Fri Mar 31 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Bluebirds And More
Sat Apr 01 @ 1:00PM - 03:00PM
Inviting Bluebirds to Your Backyard
Sun Apr 02 @ 2:00PM - 03:00PM
Bluebirds and Monitoring
Tue Apr 11 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
Bluebird Nest Box Monitoring Program



Proceeds go to help bluebird conservation.


 Buy Bluebird Stuff Here

 Buy Gift Memberships Here

 MBS Does Bluebird Programs


 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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