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......
WINTER IS HERE!
It seems like we have gone directly from Summer to Winter the past few years. The nice warm Fall days are apparently gone and Winter is setting in. There are still many Bluebirds hanging around in Michigan. If you watch you might see some in your yard. With the colder temperatures it is harder for them to find food. They may come to feeders looking for something to supplement their diet. They will accept suet, dried fruit and even scrambled eggs - and, of course, meal worms. See our Feeding Bluebirds page for more information.
Do not forget that even though the weather is turning colder birds still need water. So leave a bird bath out for them. Now that we are having freezing temperatures at night, add a bird bath heater to keep the water thawed for them. Many people think that birds can get moisture from eating frost and snow, but you will be surprised at how many drink from the bird bath in the Winter. And how many bath in it on freezing cold days!
If you have not already done so, you should take your nest boxes down and clean them out. Be sure to scrape them out and then clean them with a 10% bleach solution before storing them for the Winter. That way when Spring gets here they are already to put back up. You may want to leave one out for use as a roosting box. Or if you like, you can purchase boxes made just for that purpose.
If you have not done so, now is also a good time to send in your 2019 End of Season Nesting Report.. There is a link to the report along the right side of all pages on our site. The information is very valuable to us, so please submit it as soon as you can.
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.