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......
Is Winter Here?
The past few years it has been hard to decide when Fall has ended and Winter arrived. Imagine how the birds feel with this warm one day, freezing cold the next cycle. It has to be much harder for them to find food. Insects available one day and none the next so they have to look for something else.
If you are lucky enough to have some Bluebirds hang around, be sure to help them as much as you can. They will seek out wild fruits and berries. They are partial to fruits of red cedar, dogwood, hackberry, sumac, wild grape, poison ivy and other plants, but if there are not many in your yard will check out your feeders. They also eat any insects they can find, and may come to mealworm feeders or suet feeders. They will sometimes eat sunflower hearts, softened raisins, blueberries, and currants and even scrambled eggs. They usually will not eat these foods except during the coldest months when they just cannot find anything else. See our Feeding Bluebirds page for more information.
Bluebirds will look for tree cavaties or other holes in for a warm place to sleep. Leave at least one nest box up for them to roost in. Or you can purchase or build a roost box. Some will use the roost box and some prefer the nest box. On very cold nights they huddle together in the box to keep warm. They will not build a nest in it, but simply use it for cover and warmth.
I know it sounds crazy but also keep a birdbath out. This is always an attraction. There are many heated ones available these days or you can purchase a heater for an existing bird bath. Even on very cold days you will catch them splashing around in the water. A great sight on a cold Winter day!
If you have not already done so, please do not forget to submit your 2020 Nesting Report. There are links right here on the home page to download it. Look along the right side of the page. You have the option of printing it off, filling it out and mailing it. Or you can fill in either an Excel spreadsheet version or a hand filled out version of it and email it to us. Mailing address and email address are included in the links along the side of this page.
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.