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......
SHORTER DAYS, COOLER NIGHTS!
I don't know about in your area, but here the days are getting much shorter and the nights much cooler. A definite sign that Fall is on the way. In most areas of Michigan the bluebirds have watched their last clutches fledge. It does not seem possible that nesting season is alreayd over. We hope your yard was very busy with Mom and Dad swooping around to find food for all those fledglings! Some people have reported pairs having three clutches this year dispite the late Spring.
Now that most pairs are done nesting it is time to think about taking your boxes down and cleaning them for the Winter. You could leave one up for use as a roost box. With very cold nights not far away it may be used sooner than you think. In extremely cold areas it will be a welcome place to go to get out of the cold wind any time. Clean the others out with a bleach solution and leave them open to dry throughly in the sun. Then they will be all ready to put back up in the Spring.
If you have not already done so, please do not forget to submit your 2020 Nesting Report. There are links right here on the home page to download it. Look along the right side of the page. You have the option of printing it off, filling it out and mailing it. Or you can fill in either an Excel spreadsheet version or a hand filled out version of it and email it to us. Mailing address and email address are included in the links along the side of this page.
Continue to keep your bird bath cleaned and filled. You might just catch one of your bluebirds taking a bath on one of these hot, summer days. You won't want to miss that!..
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.