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......
IT IS ALMOST HERE!
Can you believe another nesting season is almost here? We have had to spring our clocks ahead, Spring keeps tempting us with a nice warm day now and then. We all have it on our minds. Including our feathred friends who have already started migrating. As the on/off warm weather continues you could be seeing Bluebirds in your yard very soon, if they did not hang around for the Winter. The mild Winter has encouraged many Bluebirds to just stay here. They will soon be checking out nest boxes. Are you ready to put yours back up? If not it is time to get them cleaned out and ready. There have already been reports of the early arrival of Tree Swallows. So they are already looking for boxes. And if you do not have Bluebirds, Tree Swallows are the next best bird to have in your boxes.
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.
And remember that the Bluebirds will gladly accept treats you put out for them. They need something to supplement the bugs which are not very plentiful yet. Meal worms, chopped fruit and nuts or suet cakes will attract them. If you were looking for a good place to call home wouldn't you be more likely to choose a neighborhood with people who give you delicious treats?!
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.