Spring Bluebird Festival
March 25, 2017
9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
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 AM – Registration - 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!
12:00-1:00 PM – Lunch - Visit the Bluebird Expo and informational displays.
1:00-2:00 PM – Wonder 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
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.
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……
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 handouts
√ Nesting Boxes
√ Predator Guards
√ Sparrow Traps and Inhibitors
√ Bluebird Books
√ MBS and bluebird Mugs
√ MBS Shirts
√ Bluebird T-shirts
√ Bluebird Feeders
√ Get Your Bluebird Questions Answered!