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Landscaping for your birds

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We can encourage birds to make their homes near ours by creating habitats they will enjoy and benefit from. Birds have four basic needs: food, water, cover and nesting sites, so the ideal backyard habitat will meet most of these needs.

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Consider this sampling of plants which attract birds:

  • Fruit-producing trees: cherry, crab apple, hawthorn, mulberry, mountain ash.
  • Evergreens: juniper, fir, hemlock, boxwood, pine, spruce, cypress, holly
  • Shrubs: barberry, azalea, choke-berry, viburnum
  • Vines: honeysuckle, trumpet vine, Virginia creeper
  • Grasses: quaking grass, pampas grass, oat grass, reed grass
  • Annuals: bachelor’s button, morning glory, impatiens, marigold, petunia, sunflower, zinnia
  • Perennials: aster, bee balm, black-eyed susan, coneflower, chrysanthemum, phlox

So, before purchasing a plant for your yard, around your feeding station or water source, consider whether it will provide food, nesting sites or shelter for your birds. With the right plants, you can easily enhance the effectiveness of your feeding station dramatically.

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I am delighted to join the Birdzilla team through this blog, sharing ideas and topics related to feeding and attracting wild birds in your backyard. Bird feeding is my life-long passion,  instilled by bird-feeding parents who raised me on an 80-acre farm in central Michigan.  After college, my wife and I served as U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer high-school teachers in Africa and then as staff members over an eight-year period.
 
Those wonderful times led to 30-years of bird-feeding leadership as founder of the Wild Bird Centers, franchising and supporting wild bird specialty stores across the country. I helped found the Bird Education Network and was a key financial supporter of PROJECT WILDBIRD, I currently serve as Executive Director of the National Bird-Feeding Society. Several years ago, I was asked to join “The Birder’s Team”, a working group of birding leaders selected by the National Wildlife Refuge System to recommend ways to better serve birders. millions of whom visit our extraordinary network of more than 500 Refuges. These “conservation jewels” actively protect critical habitat and conserve bird populations of all kinds. Most recently, I served as a judge to select the winning artist for the NWRS’ 2015 Duck Stamp Contest.

I now look forward to helping our readers experience the best our wonderful hobby offers. As I often say “The closer we live to each other, the closer we want to be to Nature.”

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