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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......
IS IT WINTER OR SPRING?!
It is hard for us to tell some days whether it is Winter in Michigan or if Spring has arrived. At least we know Michigan and are very aware that Winter is not nearly over. But it must be quite confusing for our feathered friends. The fifty plus degree days get them thinking about searching for a nest box. As we move into February you are likely to start see Bluebirds in your yard, if you have not had them this Winter. If you left a nest box or two out for roosting boxes, you will see them checking out the box and maybe chasing away the sparrows. Then it turns cold again and they realize what they really need to concentrte on is finding food.
So continue helping them out. If you see them in your yard, be sure to supplement their diet with meal worms. Some of them will also eat suet cakes, so if you do not already offer those, you could hang one out. If they know there is a good source of food, it might just encourage them to hang around until Spring! They have also been know to eat scrambled eggs. See our Feeding Bluebirds page for more details.
If you have a heated birdbath out, take advantage of the warm days to clean it for them. Bluebirds and other birds will come to it to drink when other sources of water freeze. And even in the cold weather they will bath in the warm water. There are many styles available from just a heater you add to your current bird bath to fancy, heated stand alone bird baths. Available at your local pet supply store, farm supply store or on line.
If you usualy put all of your nest boxes away for the Winter months, consider leaving one or two out to be used as shelter - called a roost box. There are some special designs for roost boxes, but if all you have is a nest box out, they may use it. They huddle together in the boxes at night for warmth. If you leave one out don't be surprised if a Downy Woodpecker or other small bird uses it.
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.
Your friends at the Michigan Bluebird Society