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 15 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......
FALL HAS ARRIVED!
It seems like Summer just arrived, but as the days get shorter and the nights get cooler we all know what is happening. Your Bluebirds may seem to have disappeared by now. Some will migrate but many do overwinter in Michigan. You might not be seeing them. But listen - you might hear them!
Once the final broods fledge it is time to clean your nest boxes out for the year. Take them down, scrape the inside out and wash well with a bleach solution. Leave in the sun to dry well and then store inside for the winter. This will lengthen the life of your boxes. You might want to leave a box out for use as a roost box. It will make a good place for birds to get out of the wind and snow come winter.
As always be sure to keep your birdbath full and clean. This will attract Bluebirds. If you do not have a heated birdbath consider getting one for winter. The birds welcome a constant supply of water when everything seems to be frozen. You might even catch them bathing on sunny days. Such an enjoyable site on a winter day!
If you have not already done so, be sure to send us your 2022 Nesting data as soon as possible! Look along the right side of this page for a link to the form.
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.