| Native plants can make all the difference in local ecosystems. They provide nutrient-dense food in the form of seeds, nectar, berries, and nuts; and play a critical role in supporting insect populations that are crucial birds to survive and thrive. Chapters across the region are working to develop resource kits, programs, and workshops to support and encourage your efforts.|
In MD-DC, the Prince Georges Audubon Society and Patterson Park Audubon Center are leading a Wildlife Habitat Advisors pilot program to offer bird-friendly guidance to gardeners.
And in PA, chapter leaders from across the state collaborated to expand chapter access to programs that elevate and promote native plants, including Bird-Friendly Habitat and Bird-Friendly Blooms.
| Downy Woodpecker. Photo: Suntesha Wustrack/APA|
| Earth Day is an excellent time to connect the dots between bird-friendly practices and community benefits. Sure, native plants are beautiful, but they can also be the muscle that a local ecosystem needs to stay healthy and vibrant. |
Native plants operate under a “feed two birds with one seed” philosophy of cooperation and support. They play a vital role in healthy food webs that support wildlife. And, they also contribute to healthier more resilient human communities by more sustainably adding shade, storing carbon, and absorbing stormwater to help reduce flooding and polluted run-off after storms than non-native plants.
Consider connecting these dots for local officials in your chapter territory during Native Plant Week from April 19-25. Get started with the Plants for Birds Municipal Action Toolkit and How Do I Protect Birds guide to proclamations, resolutions, and ordinances.
| Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Photo David Shipper/APA|