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......
SPRING IS HERE?
As the days start to get longer, we all start to think about Spring. The calendar says Spring is here, but is it? The weather teases us with warm days, but the nights tell us that Winter is not over yet. And so does that cold wind. As we see more warm days you may see more Bluebirds in your yard. Many appear to already be looking for nesting sites. There have even been reports of nests built and first eggs!
If you took your nest boxes down for the Winter, start putting them back up now. If they find boxes in your yard now in a spot they like, they will hang around. And eventualy they will decide on a box and begin to defend that box and build a nest. If you do not see them for a few days, be patient. That doesn't mean they have left. It is not uncomoon to not see them for days and then check a box and find a nest in it!
Continue to keep a good supply of bird food available for your feathered friends. And for those such as Bluebirds and Robins be sure to include some berries and meal worms. Insects are starting to appear but not in the numbers they need. So please help them.
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 (or Spring) day!
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.