Michigan Bluebird Society

Experiencing the Joy of Bluebirds!



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......


BBFeedingBaby Just as we humans struggle with the changing climate so do our Bluebirds. They thought Spring was here when we had some warmer days so built nests and laid eggs.  Then the temperatures changed overnight to Winter conditions.  There are now reports of eggs not hatching.  Be sure to check your nest boxes every day, if possible.  If one or two eggs hatch and the rest don't within three or four days remove the eggs.  They likely got too cold.

 Other birds seem to be skeptical as well. Barn Swallows are late starting to get their nests ready.  Tree Swallows seem to want to claim boxes, but only a few have built nests at this point. 

At this point it is still a good idea to offer some supplemental food. This will encourage them to stay around.  Please see our Feeding Bluebirds page for more information.  

 If you do not have one consider buying a heated birdbath.  Or purchase a heater for your current birdbath. This will attract Bluebirds in the Winter. Many people think birdbaths are not used in the Winter, but they are.  It is always nice to see a Bluebird splashing around in the water.  Then watch them land a short distance away and shake off the water and start preening.  Such an enjoyable site!


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.