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Creating a Garden Paradise for Birds - And Humans


A Top Ten Guide —

Anna's Hummingbird © Michelle Lamberson

1. If you plant it, they will come

Select native plants for your garden
Native Plants Attract Native Birds
Birds and Berries
Hummingbird Haven
October Planting for Wildlife
Pileated Applepeckers
Robins and Berries in Winter

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

 

2. Variety is the spice of life

A variety of food sources attracts a broad range of birds
Seed and Suet - Just Add Water
Fruit as a Bribe for Birds
Birds as Pollinators
Winter Birds Love Suet
Hummingbirds and Sapsuckers

3. Planning for a choir, and soloists

Plant in layers for a medley of birdsong
Nesting Niches

American Robin bath Mike Hamilton

4. Don’t forget the water – all year round

Birdbaths, ponds, streams, and misters
Birdbaths in Winter
Birds Need Water in Summer
How Birds Drink

5. For every bird, a home

Nestboxes, snags, leaf piles
The Perfect Nestbox
Swallows Return to Nest
Song Sparrow in Your Brush Pile
The Snag: A Wildlife Condo

Chipping Sparrow © Gregg Thompson

6. Minimize predation and be a responsible landlord

Locate food sources, water, and nestboxes
away from cats and dogs

Keep Your Cats Indoors
Responsible Birdfeeding

7. Let the birds be superheroes

Harness the power of birds to fight
common garden pests, and eliminate pesticides

Barn Swallow - Natural Pest Control
How Many Bugs Do Birds Eat?
An army of Bushtits

Bushtit © Mike Hamilton

8. When Things Go Wrong

Helping Birds Avoid Collisions with Glass
Helping Birds Survive Window Strikes
Baby Birds: “Rescue” Them — Or Leave Them Alone?

9. Relax…

and let your garden “go to seed”
Birds in the Winter Garden
The Moon of Falling Leaves

10. Take the bird’s eye view

See your garden through the eyes of birds
Learn everything you can about your garden birds: their names, their calls, their songs, their alarms. Observe what they flock to, and enhance that resource. Noticing birds and digging deeper into their lives will bring you a deeper appreciation of their many contributions, deepen your enjoyment, and greatly enrich your gardening practice.

Learn more at BirdNote.

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Additional Resources…From BirdNote and Beyond

Pileated Woodpecker © Gregg Thompson

Native gardening and landscaping

Plants for a Bird-friendly Yard
Master Gardeners Can Help

Garden Design for Birds

BirdNote: Autumn Tasks
Russell Link: Planting with Wildlife in Mind
Russell Link: My Favorite Things (plants, that is…)
Joanna Buehler, Creative Landscaping Captures Run Off
Audubon: Planting for Birds and Wildlife
Cornell: Attracting Birds with Landscaping
BirdNote: Your garden
Carole Sevilla Brown: Ecosystem Gardening

Birdbaths and Water Features

Birdbaths - More at All About Birds

Birdfeeding

BirdNote: Feeding Birds Responsibly
Audubon: Birdfeeding Basics
Audubon: Feeder Location
Hummingbird Homebrew - A Recipe

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Thanks to the following photographers:
Anna's Hummingbird © Michelle Lamberson
Chestnut-backed Chickadee © Mike Hamilton
American Robin © Mike Hamilton
Chipping Sparrow © Gregg Thompson
Bushtit © Mike Hamilton
Pileated Woodpeckers © Gregg Thompson
Black-capped Chickadee slideshow - Lalo Pangue CC


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