Planting for Birds
In the face of overwhelming environmental problems such as habitat loss and climate change, Audubon Society's Plants for Birds Program encourages landscapes that support birds. With the newly launched native plants database, people across the country can create a more nourishing environment for the birds they know and love.
More and more, native plants and trees are being replaced with more exotic or pest-resistant species. A landscape that loses its native plants also loses its native insects. And without those insects, birds have little to eat. Land birds need insects to survive and thrive and 96% of them feed insects to their young. But by choosing native plants, we can restore the function of much of what has been lost. We can replace vast areas of non-native and nutrient-poor lawn and non-native plantings with rich habitats that are more nourishing to birds – habitats that are structured to provide year-round shelter and sustenance for birds and other wildlife. Read more of the "Plants for Birds: Plant It and They Will Come" article.
The native plants database can be found at www.audubon.org/native-plants. By entering your zip code, a customized list of locally native plants will be created. You'll also be connected to our local Audubon, other native plant resources such as native plant societies, and nearby native plant nurseries.
Content available at www.audubon.org/plantsforbirds details how to create a bird-friendly habitat, what to consider before hitting the nursery, and more.