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......
WINTER HAS ARRIVED!
Winter has arrived in most of Michigan. First real snowfalls and colder temperatures have spread across the state. Despite that in many areas of Michigan Bluebirds are still hanging around in small groups. You won't see them diving for bugs now, but they may be at your feeders and suet cakes looking for food. As Winter sets in they will find it harder to find food. 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 thru the Winter! They have also been know to eat scrambled eggs. See our Feeding Bluebirds page for more details.
Another thing you can do for the Bluebirds (and other species) is keep a heated bird bath out for them. They 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. So be sure to clean the bird bath often. 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.
Judging from the forms we have had returned so far, this was a good year for Bluebirds. If you have not done so already, please 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.
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