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 15 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......
SHORTER DAYS, COOLER NIGHTS!
It seems like Summer just arrived, but as the days get shorter and the nights get cooler we all know what is happening. You should have had at least a couple of clutches of Bluebirds fledge by now. Most pairs are working on their third clutch. Tree Swallows have already left the area and are starting their long journey home.
Once the Bluebirds fledge it is helpful to the adults if you clean the nest box out for them. Some will start a new nest within days. Others take a little more time. But they will not reuse a nest. They build a new one each time.
It is still a good idea to offer some supplemental food. With babies to feed and nest building, it helps if they have supplemental food they can count on. Please see our Feeding Bluebirds page for more information.
As always be sure to keep your birdbath full and clean. This will attract Bluebirds. I usually see them in the evening. It is always nice to see a Bluebird splashing around in the water. Then watch them land a short distance away and shake off the water and start preening. Such an enjoyable site!
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.