| Healthy Habitats at Home: From Intention to Action|
| Audubon’s Bird-Friendly Habitat recognition program offers a chance for everyone, regardless of property size, plant know-how, or bird knowledge, to get involved and have a positive impact on the world – for themselves and for birds! Dr. Elizabeth Gray, Interim CEO of National Audubon Society, said it beautifully in a recent opinion piece with CNN. According to Gray, planting native plants in natural spaces like yards and local parks is “…a lifeline for birds traveling thousands of miles looking for a place to stop, rest, feed and replenish for the journey.”|
You can turn the outdoor areas at your home into bird-friendly spaces by focusing on four key areas: food, water, shelter, and nesting. By using native trees, shrubs, flowers and groundcovers, you'll be providing birds and their babies with the nectar, seeds, berries, and, most importantly, insects, that they need. Plant them densely to provide shelter and nesting sites and you'll be well on your way to earning your Audubon habitat sign! Audubon has plenty of resources to make planting with natives fun and easy. From the Native Plants Database, which provides a list of plants tailored to your zip code, to our professionally curated DIY Garden Designs, planting with natives has never been easier. And, the retail partners included in the database or our Bird-Friendly Blooms program make sourcing those plants a fun adventure that results in a garden space that’s as beautiful as it is beneficial. Add a water source to your space and you’re ready to roll out the welcome mat for birds. Go a few steps further to minimize the most common threats to birds - reflective windows, pesticides, invasive species, and outdoor cats – and you’ll have truly created a bird-friendly habitat.
The Bird-Friendly Habitat program is available in Pennsylvania and Maryland, and D.C. Learn more about how you can get involved and join the ranks of thousands of Audubon-ers who garden with ecology in mind. The birds will thank you!