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......
BABIES ARE FLEDGING!
What an exciting time! The warm weather is here and MaMa and PaPa Blue are busy feeding their babies. Many of you have seen first broods fledge and second nests built. Some even have second broods in progress. It is sure to be a busy Summer.
You should keep a close watch on boxes that have eggs in them. If all of a sudden you see sparrows hanging around a box that you know had eggs, take a look in the box. The sparrows will sometimes toss the eggs on the ground right under the box or you might find them a few feet away. They will also kill very young fledglings and toss them out of the box. Then they will sit on top of the box and sing. If you should discover this clean out the box.
Once the eggs hatch don't be concerned if you check a box and find babies, but Mom and Dad are nowwhere to be seen. They will come back. They are hanging around close to the box and keeping watch. They are never very far away.
This time of the year there are plenty of insects for the bluebirds to eat and feed their young. But if you can, supplement their diet with meal worms. It is a nice treat for them that they did not have to expend energy to get.
Remember to keep your bird bath clean and filled. It is always an enjoyable sight 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.