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 Is Winding Down!
It seems like it took forever for Summer to get here and now nesting season is already winding down. Most second broods have already fledged. A few pair of Bluebirds may have a third brood, so watch your nest boxes for activity. Continue to help Mom and Dad out by providing meal worms. They will be very grateful and maybe hang around for the Winter! As Michigan Winters have continued to get warmer we see more Bluebirds staying here for the Winter.
If you do have third broods, continue to monitor for sparrows and other predators. Once the babies are making noise in the box, predators such as sparrows, cats and racoons are alerted to their being there and will try to remove them from the box. Hopefully you have installed baffles to help prevent cats and racoons from getting them.
Also be sure to provide a bird bath. With the high heat and humidity, the birds will welcome it. The sound of water will attract many birds, so you might want to get a water wiggler or a pump for your bird bath. These days there are even some solar powered ones. They are available at most stores which carry bird feeding supplies. Also definitely available online where you can compare various models.
If you have no bluebird activity around your boxes, it would be a good time to start taking them down for the Winter. It is also a good time to send in your 2019 End of Season Nesting Report.. There is a link to the report along the right side of all pages on our 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.