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......
TIME TO PREPARE FOR WINTER!
It is hard to believe that we will soon have our first frost of the season and that another nesting season has come to an end. In most of Michigan all broods have now fledged. You might not even be seeing any Bluebirds depending on where you are located. Or you might see one pass thru now and then.
Do not forget to send us the results of your nesting season. If you are a member of MBS you should have received a copy of the 2018 nesting report form with your last newsletter. If you do not want to write it out and mail it to us, fill it out electronically and email it to us. If you are not a member, but have Bluebird boxes on your property, we would like to hear the results of your nesting season. You can find a link to our nesting report form in a couple of places on our web site. If you look along the right side of this home page you will see several links to the form. Choose the one which will work the best for you and submit the data to us.
If you have not done so already now is a good time to take down your nest boxes, clean them out and put them in a dry place for the Winter. You can clean them well by first scraping the interior with a putty knife. Spray the interior out and then clean it well with a ten percent bleach solution. Leave the boxes open to dry well before storing them. Now they are ready to be put up early in the Spring to welcome your first visitors!
Remember that some Bluebirds do hang around Michigan for the Winter. You might want to leave a nest box or two up to see if any stay in your area. They will use the box as a roosting box where they huddle together to spend cold Winter nights.
Don't forget that if Bluebirds stay in your area thru the Winter, they will need additional food and water. Keep a heated birdbath out to attract them. You just might catch them taking a bath on a cold Winter day. They will also eat some suet and of course, they will welcome meal worms if you put them out.
As always 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