The numbers of our individual bird species that are threatened have increased in the past years. Worldwide, 200 species of birds are in real danger of being lost forever (Dr. Leon Bennun, BirdsLife Director, 2013). Habitat loss, agricultural changes, invasive species and climate change are the biggest threats. We can help our feathered friends by creating bird-friendly habitats. In our yards, we can plant trees, shrubs and flowers for nesting, food and shelter. Using no harmful chemicals and leaving fall clean-up until spring will allow for more insects and invertebrates to thrive, providing birds with food for their young in spring. Providing bird baths or a water source, seed, fruit and nut sources will ensure the birds stick around for your enjoyment. House cats should be kept indoors!
Migrating and over wintering birds need much fruit and seed in the fall; hummingbirds need insects in spring and nectar in summer and fall. Be sure to plant a wide variety of fruit-bearing shrubs, nectar-rich flowering plants and seed-producers for our birds.
New Jersey tea
Canada wild rye
Purple prairie clover
Virginia wild rye