Create a Bird-friendly Habitat in Your Backyard

Scientists have identified habitat loss as one of the biggest reasons for the decline in bird populations. You can make a difference by adding native plants to your yard.

A plant is native if it has occurred naturally in a particular region, ecosystem or habitat without human introduction. Native plants provide shelter and nesting areas for birds, as well as natural sources for nectar, seeds, berries and insects.

Native Plant Facts

  1. Native plants typically grow healthier and stronger than non-natives.
  2. Native plants are low maintenance, requiring less watering, fertilizer and pesticides.
  3. Native plants assist in managing rainwater runoff and maintain healthy soil as their root systems are deep and keep soil from being compacted.

For you, native plants add a wealth of beauty, texture, varying heights and bloom times, providing a stunning display over multiple seasons. For birds, native trees and plants are home to caterpillars and other insects, which provide food for nestlings.

Adding native plants is one of the 7 Simple Actions to Help Birds. Stop by the store to learn more about native plants and actions you can take to help #SaveTheSongBirds.

If you haven't had a chance to tune in yet, check out the latest episode of the WBU Nature Centered Podcast: Feed the Birds, Feel Better. John and Brian are joined by a special guest, Holly Merker. She is an author, podcast host, birding guide, and nature-based wellness provider. They discuss how watching and feeding birds creates a sense of wonder and community, a sense of connection with people, and can change the direction of your life.  Plus, a special callout for the Mindful Birding podcast episode 13. To listen, click the Nature Centered Podcast link on the left side of this page.