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 HERE?
It is hard to tell lately whether Winter is really here in Michigan. The constant variation of temperatures and rain one day and snow the next is hard on people. Think how our Bluebirds feel. In some areas there are plenty of berries and maybe even a few bugs to catch on sunny days, but soon it will be hard for them to find food. You might not be seeing any Bluebirds depending on where you are located. Or you might see one or two pass thru now and then. But in some areas they are here to stay for the Winter. Keep in mind that they will eat suet cakes, chopped raisins and peanuts and even scrambled eggs. They always appreciate mealworms. See our Feeding Bluebirds page for more information.
If you still have not don so, do not forget to send us the results of your nesting season. If you are a member of MBS you should have received a copy of the 2018 nesting report form with your last newsletter. If you do not want to write it out and mail it to us, fill it out electronically and email it to us. If you are not a member, but have Bluebird boxes on your property, we would like to hear the results of your nesting season. You can find a link to our nesting report form in a couple of places on our web site. If you look along the right side of this home page you will see several links to the form. Choose the one which will work the best for you and submit the data to us.
Also don't forget that for those Bluebirds that do hang around Michigan for the Winter, you might want to leave a nest box or two up. That might encourage them to use the box as a roosting box where they huddle together to spend cold Winter nights.
For the Bluebirds and other birds in your yard, keep a heated birdbath out to attract them. You just might catch them taking a bath on a cold Winter 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.
Your friends at the Michigan Bluebird Society