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......
Winter is Near!
It has been a strange year here in Southern Lower Michigan. For a while we thought Spring would never come. When it did it wasn't really Spring. We went directly to Summer and extremely hot temperatures. Many parts of the state have experienced higher than normal rain falls. It will be interesting to see what Winter brings. The Woolly Bear caterpillars tell me it should be a mild Winter, but the Farmer's Almanac does not agree!
We have apparently run out of extended Summer and will be experiencing some normal November temperatures starting today. If you have Bluebirds in your yard they can likely still find food sources. But it is always good to help them once the weaather turns cold. See our Feeding Bluebirds page for tips.
Take down any nest boxes you still have out and clean them with a bleach and water solution, leave open so the sun can dry them and then put them away for the Winter. This seems like a bother, but your nest boxes will last much longer if you do it.
As always 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.