2020 Spring Bluebird Festival
Saturday, March 21, 2020
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Northwestern Michigan College
Traverse City, Michigan
The Michigan Bluebird Society is very pleased to announce the 15th Annual Spring Bluebird Festival. This is a day of fun and education with the focus on Eastern Bluebirds and other cavity-nesting birds in the state of Michigan. This event is geared toward any individual, family or group who is interested in learning how to use nest boxes, feeders, plantings and land management to encourage nesting birds such as Bluebirds. Some of the advantages of attending this informative, fun filled day are:
• Great program schedule - topics include Bluebirds, Chimney Swifts, birds, and nature
• A Bluebird Expert Panel Discussion - Get all of your Bluebird questions answered!
• Keynote Program: Captivating Bluebirds by renowned photographer, naturalist and author Stan Tekiela who wrote the book of the same name! Mr. Tekiela will be available to sign copies of his books.
• Bluebird Nest Box Building Workshop - Take home a nest box to put up in your yard
• Educational exhibits on Bluebirds and other native birds
• A Bluebird Expo - where you can purchase Bluebird nest boxes, poles, accessories and more. (All proceeds after costs go directly to help Bluebird conservation in Michigan.)
• Talk to experienced Bluebirders one-on-one
• Master Gardeners wil be on hand to answer your gardening questions. They will have free informational handouts on many subjects.
• Prize Drawings and More!
Cost to Attend: General admission and parking is FREE! Admission to the Keynote Program is FREE! Cost for lunch $20. Cost for Nest Box Workshop $25.
Location: Hagerty Center - Northwest Michigan College, 715 E Front St, Traverse City. Website: www.hagertycenter.com
6:00 PM - Welcome dinner at a venue to be determined. Check back soon to see where it will be held! Have a good time with fellow bluebirders before the big day.
9:00-10:00 AM – Registration, Meet and Greet, Coffee or tea - Join old friends, new Bluebirders and the public for conversation, comaradarie and coffee or tea. Visit the Michigan Bluebird Society Bluebird Expo including exhibitors, kids' activities and informational displays. The Michigan Bluebird Society (MBS) Store will be there and open all day.
10:00-10:30 AM - Annual MBS Business Meeting - Join MBS President Kurt Hagemeister for the Annual MBS Business Meeting. Learn about MBS, our 2019 projects and achievements, and our plans for 2020 and beyond..
10:30-10:45 AM - BREAK - Stretch your legs, visit the MBS Store, the Bluebird Expo, Kids' Area, exhibitors and informational displays.
10:45 AM-11:45 AM - The Bluebird Question and Answer Session - Get the answers to your Bluebird (and other cavity-nesting birds) questions. Join our panel of experts for an informative question and answer session. Then sit tight - there will be a prize drawing immediately following this session!
11:00 AM-12:0 PM - Nest Box Building Workshop - Cost is $25 per nest box kit. ONE KIT per family please. Supplies are limited. Interested attendees need to register and pay for the workshop on our registration page.
11:45 AM-12:45 PM – Lunch - If you reserved/paid for a lunch (see how to reserve below), join us in Room D. If you did not reserve lunch, there are nearby food options, such as McDonalds, KFC,Taco Bell and Jimmy John's within a few blocks. Or just spend your time visiting the MBS Store, the Bluebird Expo and other exhibits. In either case get ready for an afternoon of great presentations which will start promptly at 12:45 PM.
12:45-2:15 PM – Keynote - Captivating Bluebirds by Stan Tekiela - Renowned photographer, naturalist and author Stan Tekiela (who wrote the book of the same name) will give an insightful presentation about bluebirds. Even the most knowledgeble bird lovers will be amazed and delighted by the images and information in this presentation. Please sit tight - the second prize drawing will immediately follow this presentation.
2:15-2:30 PM - BREAK - Visit the MBS Store, the Bluebird Expo, Kids' Area, exhibitors and informational displays .
2:30-3:30 PM - Bluebird Documentary by Charles St. Charles - Renowned film maker and biololgist Charles St. Charles will share images and information on a multi-year study of the life of the Eastern Bluebird. Then sit tight - the third prize drawing will immediately follow this presentation
3:30-3:45 PM - BREAK - Stretch your legs, visit the MBS Store, the Bluebird Expo, Kids' Area, exhibitors and informational displays. .
3:45-4:45 PM - Chimney Swifts Across Michigan by Linnea Rowse - Join the Michigan Audubon Society Conservation Program Coordinator Linnea Rowse for an informative look in to the life of one of Michigan's rarest and least understood birds. Chimney Swift populations have declined dramatically due to habitat loss. Learn about their lives and the efforts to restore their population, including how they respond to human provided nest sites. And yes! - sit tight - the final prize drawing will immediately follow this presentation.
4:45-5:00 PM - Adjourn - Before leaving be sure to make one last visit to the MBS Store and get a nest box or two to get that Bluebird trail started just in time for the Northern Michigan arrival of the Eastern Bluebird!.
See you next year!
How To Register for Festival Events
Online (preferred): You can register for the events and pay with a credit or debit card using our secure PayPal shopping cart. Registration and payment are required for anyone who wants to 1) join us for lunch or 2) participate in the Nest Box Building workshop. You also need to register, if you plan to attend the keynote program for which there is no charge. Plese register for that event by sending an email to If you do not plan to attend any of these, you DO NOT need to register. Register for lunch or the Workshop on our Registration Page.
Phone: Call Jan Graves at 517.673.6456. If you get her voicemail please leave a message with your name, number of people attending who will be having lunch, attending the Nest Box Workshop, or just the number for the keynote program. Provide your phone number and Jan will call back with your total due and instructions where to send payment. She can NOT accept credit card payments over the phone.
Mail: Click Here to download and print our registration form. Please mail your completed form and payment to Michigan Bluebird Society, PO Box 2028, Ann Arbor MI 48106-2028. If you cannot print the form, be sure to include the name(s) of the people you are registering and what you are registering them for. Also include a phone number in case we need to contact you.
Registration Deadlines: Mail in registrations must be post marked no later than March 11, 2020. The deadline to reserve a lunch will be March 13, 2020 at 5:00 PM. Deadline to register for the keynote program and/or the Nest Box Workshop will be March 20, 2020 at 5:00 PM.
Refund Policy: We will refund your money if you decide to cancel, up until March 15, 2020. After that, any funds collected will be considered donations.
Directions to Hagerty Center
The easiest way to get to Hagerty Center is by taking US-31 into downtown Traverse City. US-31 then becomes Front St. Hagerty Center is on Front St adjacent to Grand Traverse Bay between Barlow St and Hope St.
Michigan Bluebird Society has contracted a special price for you with West Bay Beach Resort.. You will need to make your reservation at least 30 days prior to your arrival date. Cost will be $99.95 per night. Please tell them you will be with the MI Bluebird Society group to get this price. West Bay Beach Resort: 615 E Front St, Traverse City, (231) 947-3700. Visit their website: West Bay Beach Hotel
If you are unable to make reservations at West Bay Beach, a couple of other motels close to the event are listed below.
Bayshore Inn: 833 E Front St, Traverse City, (800) 634-4401. Visit their website: Bayshore Resort
Cherry Tree Inn & Suites: 2345 N US-31 Travese City, (231) 938-8888. Visit their website: Cherry Tree Inn & Suites
Visit The Popular……
Learn more about bluebirds and stock up on bluebird gear for the coming nesting season! All proceeds after our cost go to help bluebird conservation. Here’s just some of what you’ll find...
• Nest Boxes
• Nest box accessories
• Bluebird feeders
• Poles and hardware
• House sparrow detterents
• MBS Logo items
• Bluebird gifts like flags and sun catchers
• Free informational handouts
• Exhibits from other nature and environmental