|As we wait for updates related to the mysterious illness that is impacting songbirds across the region, we want to take a moment to thank each of you who have, with heavy hearts, removed your bird feeding stations and bird baths. We know it’s been difficult, but there’s always hope. And, always something more we can do to be better stewards of the world we share.|
Many of you have expressed concern over birds having enough to eat without readily available feeders which makes this an ideal moment to look to native plants as a long-term, sustainable support system for the birds we all love so dearly.
Birds rely heavily on nature’s bounty of seeds, nuts, berries, nectar, and most importantly, insects. Insects make up the largest food group for songbirds and are crucial when it comes to raising a nest full of young ones. In order to keep this buffet stocked, native plants are an absolute must-have.
Native plants function as host plants for native insects, providing the necessary habitat for breeding that isn’t available from the exotic and non-native plants that have become commonplace in modern landscaping. And the berries, seeds, nuts, and nectar from native plants have evolved over centuries to provide birds with ideal protein, calories, and fat content in a perfectly-sized and well-timed delivery system.
Audubon’s Plants for Birds and Bird-Friendly Habitat recognition programs give you all the resources you need to make your corner of the world welcoming and supportive for feathered visitors. You can make a difference today by adding native plants to your home and community. Start here and find designing, purchasing, and planting resources that make it fun and easy.
With autumn just a few months away, now is the time to start planning your fall plantings. The cooler days of autumn are ideal for planting and give young plants and trees some stress-free time to settle in and focus on strengthening their roots in preparation for springtime growth. There’s a whole community of folks putting down similar roots in our Bird-Friendly Communities Facebook group.
Learn. Plant. Enjoy. It’s that simple. Add a variety of native plants in your home and community, you can rest easy knowing you’ve taken steps to add ecological value, support biodiversity, and establish a safety net that will welcome birds for years.