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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 15 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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Nesting Season Is Here!
Nesting season is in full swing now. We have received repots of fleding babies and lots of eggs in nests. What an exciting time! It is still important to diligently check your nest boxes. Clean out any sparrow nests you find. If you have them, use sparrow traps in boxes the sparrows are claiming. Once bluebirds and swallows fledge you can help the parents by cleaning out the nest box so it is ready for them to start another brood. They do not reuse nests.
You can also assist parents by supplying them with some meal womrs to help supplement the diet of their babies. Or just for them to have a quick, nutrious snack. Meal worms are always appreciated.
As always be sure to keep your birdbath full and clean. This will attract bluebirds. They love to splash around on sunny days and once the babies fledge may bring them to introducee them to the bird bath.
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.