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......
SUMMER IS HERE!
Wow - Summer is really here! We hope your yard has been busy with Mom and Dad swooping around to find food for all those fledglings! Many areas got a late start this year due to the cold wheather which seemed to last forever. Some people reported losing eggs to the cold, but our bluebirds do not give up. They build a new nest, lay new eggs and raise babies! We have even had a couple reports of some pairs starting a thrid nest this year after having two successful broods fledge.
A couple of questions have come in regarding the color of bluebird eggs. Yes - sometimes you will find white eggs in your bluebird nests and they are really bluebird eggs. The hatchlings will not be albino. But the female who laid those white eggs will always lay white eggs. So don't worry that another bird has taken over the nest if you should find white eggs..
The sparrow situation seems o be extremely bad this year. We do sell the sparrow chaser and sparrow shield on our store page (https://michiganbluebirds.org/mbs-store), but remember that these only work if the sparrows let them work. We have had many reports this year of nests being invaded even though the chaser or shield is installed. It is worth a try, but we cannot guarantee that either will completely stop the sparrows. House wrens are also very agressive and will kill hatchlings and/or throw eggs out of the nest. We now offer a wren guard thru our store. Again this works sometimes, but we cannot guarrantee it.
Don't forget to keep your bird bath cleaned and filled. With the extreme heat and humidity you may need to clean it a couple of times a day. 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.