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......
NESTING SEASON WINDING DOWN!
It seems like we were just awaiting the first nests to be built and now nesting season is winding down. It has been a busy season for our blues. We have reports of many third and even some fourth broods.
If you have boxes that are only being frequented by sparrows now, you could get a head start on Fall by taking those down now. Clean them with a bleach and water solution, leave open so the sun can dry them and then put them away for the year.
Hopefully you kept track of how many successful nests you had, how many eggs were in each nest and how many bluebirds fledged from each nest. If you have that information be sure to submit your 2021 Nesting Season Summary form to us. We need the information by October 15th, 2021 Please see our Monitoring page for complete information (scroll to bottom of that page).
As always remember to keep your bird bath clean and filled. It is always an enjoyable sight 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.