The January meeting of the Grand Rapids Audubon Club will feature a presentation about attracting bluebirds in Michigan.
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. Bluebirds have been shown to thrive in areas where there is human-provided housing that is actively monitored. Through the efforts of many people, they have increased in numbers in the last 10 years. This program will provide information on what you can do to help the population of bluebirds.
Mr. Hagemeister is co-Founder and current President of the Michigan Bluebird Society, a non-profit organization founded in 2004 to help the Eastern Bluebird and other native cavity nesting birds. Kurt, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan, has presented to groups around the State and is author of several articles in various publications. He is a former owner of the Ann Arbor Wild Birds Unlimited store and resides in Ann Arbor. His property is designated a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. It has a yard-bird list of 85 species, and features many feeders, nesting boxes, bird baths, and plantings for wildlife.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Grand Rapids Audubon Club website.