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......
WINTER IS DEFINITELY HERE!
As the days start to get longer, we all start to think about Spring. Michigan has been having the coldest weather we have faced in many years. And the predictions for a lot more snow continue. We were very lucky early in the Winter, but it looks like we are in for a worse than usual Winter now. As the cold and snow continue, please think fo your feathered friends. With 10+ inches of snow everywhere they are counting on us to help get them thru until things warm up.
You may be lucky enough to have some Bluebirds hanging around. Be sure to help them as much as you can. They will seek out wild fruits and berries. They are partial to fruits of red cedar, dogwood, hackberry, sumac, wild grape, poison ivy and other plants, but if there are not many in your yard will check out your feeders. They also eat any insects they can find, and may come to mealworm feeders or suet feeders. They will sometimes eat sunflower hearts, softened raisins, blueberries, and currants and even scrambled eggs. They usually will not eat these foods except during the coldest months when they just cannot find anything else. See our Feeding Bluebirds page for more information.
Bluebirds will look for tree cavaties or other covered areas for a warm place to sleep once the nights turn brutal. If you didn't leav at least one nest box up for them to roost in, perhaps you could put one up for them now.. Or you can purchase or build a roost box. Some will use the roost box and some prefer the nest box. On very cold nights they huddle together in the box to keep warm. They will not build a nest in it, but simply use it for cover and warmth.
I know it sounds crazy but also keep a birdbath out. This is always an attraction. There are many heated ones available these days or you can purchase a heater for an existing bird bath. Even on very cold days you will catch them splashing around in the water. A great sight on a cold Winter day!
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.