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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......
Autumn Has Arrived!
Autumn has arrived! A beautiful time of the year in Michigan with a lot of changes. The leaves are changing colors, autumn flowers (and weeds!) are in bloom and migration continues. The birds you see in your yard daily are different ones than those you saw just a few weeks ago. And that will continue to change.
It is time to think about cleaning out your nest boxes and storing them for the winter. Storing them for the winter will extend the life of the boxes. Wash them out with a ten to one water/bleach solution and leave them open to dry in the sun. You might want to leave one up for use as a roost box in the winter.
If you have not already done so please complete your End of Season Report and either email or mail it to Michigan Bluebird Society. The form is available on our Downloads page or from the right side panel of any page on our website. Preliminary numbers show that it has been a good year for our blue friends.
As always be sure to keep your birdbath full and clean. This will attract bluebirds - even in the fall and winter. They love to splash around on sunny days.
.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.