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......
Summer Is Finally Here!
We all thought Summer would never come this year. But it certainly is here now! You should have active Bluebird nests, if you were able to keep the sparrows out of your nest boxes. Many first and second broods have fledged. In rare cases, you may have a pair that will have a third brood. With the cold, wet Spring this year you will likely only have two broods. Although there are plenty of bugs around now, remember that it takes a lot to feed a nest full of babies. And Mom and Dad need to eat also. So help them out by providing meal worms. They will be very grateful and maybe hang around and build another nest in your yard this Summer!
Continue to monitor for sparrows and other predators. Once the babies are making noise in the box, predators such as cats and racoons are alerted to their being there and will try to remove them from the box. Hopefully you have installed baffles to help prevent that. If you have nest boxes up in your yard, you are likely dealing with sparrows. Be vigilant in trying to deter them from using the boxes. Sparrow traps work well, but you do have to closely monitor the boxes if you install a trap. You do not want to trap a bluebird in a box and leave it there for a long time. That might scare them away. We also offer a Sparrow Chaser and Sparrow Shield on our store page which users say work well. They are both easy installed and come with complete instructions to install them. Both need to be installed prior to sparrows claiming a box to be effective.
Also be sure to provide a bird bath. With the high heat and humidity, the birds will welcome it. The sound of water will attract many birds, so you might want to get a water wiggler or a pump for your bird bath. These days there are even some solar powered ones. They are available at most stores which carry bird feeding supplies. Also definitely available online where you can compare various models.
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.