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......
OUR UNUSUAL SPRING!
So far 2020 has been a challenge for most of us as we try to get used to a different way of life. Our precious Bluebirds go on about life as though nothing has happened. So at least you can watch and care for them like you would any other Spring and experience a little bit of things the way they should be.
The weather has not been very favorable to nesting. They say we had the coldest April we have experienced in over ten years. That means the food supply is not as plentiful for our insect eating birds. If you can get them, be sure to supplement the Bluebirds' food with meal worms. If you cannot go out to purchase them, they are available many places online.
Tree Swallows and Bluebirds have picked out nesting spots, but in some areas have not yet started nest building. They are the wise ones. Many people have reported that eggs have been laid and the temperatures have dropped into the 20's several times. Sometimes the eggs will survive that and sometimes they won't. Usually if the eggs do not hatch in a couple of weeks mom and dad will take them out of the nest. Or they may just abandon the nest and start a new one in another box. There is nothing you can do to help keep the eggs warm. You need to let mom do her best to do that.
Don't forget that even though the weather is getting warmer it does still freeze nearly every night. So leave your heated bird bath out for a while yet or put warm water in your bird bath in the morning. The birds will appreciate it.
Think Spring - Think Bluebirds!!
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.