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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......
HOPING FOR WARMER WEATHER!
As we all know this has been a brutal Winter in Michigan. Everyone is ready for Spring. Even those who love the snow agree that we have had quite enough this year. So as we look forward to Spring please help the Bluebirds (and other birds in your yard) get thru the rest of the cold weather. March is predicted to be much colder than normal. Extreme cold and heavy snowfall are the worst two conditions for birds. They must consume more calories just to survive and the heavy snow makes that next to impossible. Please contineue with your Winter feeding routine.
Bluebirds do overwinter in Michigan in fairly significant numbers - especially in the lower half of the Lower Peninsula. During the Winter their diet consists mainly of berries, some seeds and what few over-wintering insects they can find. But Bluebirds are competing with other birds for that same food, which is in short supply. These natural foods start running out soon during a harsh Winter. You can help the Bluebirds get thru harsh weather by doing several things.
1. Put mealworms out for them to eat. Live mealworms are best, but you can feed dried ones, if you soak them first in warm water. Place them in a plastic, metal, glass or ceramic containr where the birds can find them.
2. Sometimes Bluebirds will eat suet cakes. They are available at most any store which sells bird food. Or make a special reciepe of suet cake with suet and other things which Bluebirds will eat. See our Feeding Bluebirds page for more information.
3. Try putting fruit out on a tray feeder. They might like blueberries, raspberries or strawberries. You could also soak some currants or raisins in water to soften them. Drain and put those in the feeder.
4. Remember that Bluebirds need water all year. Putting out a heated birdbath would be a big help for them. Again - check at stores that carry bird feeding supplies.
The Bluebirds will appreciate any of these things that you do for them and might even hang around and nest on your property next Spring!
And speaking of Spring, if you did not clean out and repair your nest boxes last Fall now is a good time to get that done. On those occasional warm days get them cleaned, repaired and back up. The Bluebirds will be arriving soon, if they have not already.
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