Photo: American Goldfinch, Jim Williams
We invite you to grow bird-friendly native plants at home!
Gardens are outdoor sanctuaries for birds, insects, and other wildlife and every spring, migrating birds visit yards looking for nourishment and protection to raise their young.
Most landscaping plants in nurseries are exotic species that are prized for qualities that make them poor food sources for wildlife. exotic plants generally require more water and chemicals to thrive, increasing maintenance time, costs, and pollution. Some can even become invasive. By adding native plants to your yard, balcony, garden, or rooftop, you can help birds in the face of climate change, urban development, and other threats.
Here are some examples of plants you can use to attract different bird species:
Birches and sumacs for Chickadees andTitmice
Honeysuckle vines, penstemons, milkweeds, and sages for Hummingbirds
Beeches and oaks for Warblers and Vireos
Pines, hickories, oaks, and cherries for Woodpeckers
Echinacea for American Goldfinches...
and many other species!
Use Audubon's native plant database to learn which plants you can use in your area.