MICHIGAN BLUEBIRD SOCIETY

Experiencing the Joy of Bluebirds!

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......

ANOTHER NESTING SEASON OVER

BirdBathIt is hard to believe that another nesting season is over.  Hoepfully you had a successful one.  Judging from the forms returned so far,  this was a good year for Bluebirds.  If you have not done so already, be sure to fill out the End of Season Nesting Summary report and send it in to MBS.  The form is available on our Download page.  The data is valuable to help us analyze how the season turned out state wide and to try and identify challenges that people had which may be fixable.

Also, if you have not done so already, this is a good time to take down your nest boxes for the season.  Clean them out, make needed repairs and store them inside out of the weather.  This will help them to last longer. You could leave a couple out for the birds to use as roosting boxes.  They will welcome the warmth on those cold, windy Winter days.

With the extra warm Fall, you could still be seeing Bluebirds in your yard regularly.  If you are, be sure to put some meal worms out for them.  Their natural food supplies have been pretty abundant, but with the lack of rain, they could be having to search for food by now.  They would welcome some live meal worms.  They also like water, so keep your birdbath clean and filled with fresh water.  And if you can keep a heated birdbath out for the Winter it just might encourage a pair to stay in your yard for the Winter. 

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

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OUR MISSION

To improve the nesting success of the Eastern Bluebird & other native cavity-nesting birds in the state of Michigan through education of our members and the general public, as well as promoting active nest box management and habitat improvement.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Fri Oct 13 @ 9:00AM - 11:00PM
Elmwood Cemetery Bird Walk With Detroit Audubon
Sat Oct 14 @ 9:00AM - 12:00AM
Cranefest
Sat Oct 21 @ 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Eliza Howell Bird Walk
Fri Nov 03 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Detroit Audubon Society's Owl Prowl

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Proceeds go to help bluebird conservation.

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 Plan To Attend The...

2018 SPRING FESTIVAL

Saturday March 24, 2018

Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor

DON'T MISS IT!!

Mark your calendar now!

More Details Coming Soon!

 MBS Does Bluebird Programs

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 If you would like someone to do an interesting program on bluebirds for your group,contact MBS to schedule a day and time. We can do talks to nature groups, civic organizations, schools, gardenclubs, etc. in most areas of the state.  Go to our Contact Us page, and send a message to the  Coordinator for your county. If there is not one for your county, contact Kurt Hagemeister, MBS President.

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Send In Your 2017 Nesting Report...

MBS Needs Your Nest Box Nesting Data!  See Monitoring page for complete information!

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Download & Print 2017 Data Form!  Return via snail mail

Download 2017 Data Excel Spreadsheet!  Return via email