Jun 6, 2014

Bird Friendly Backyards

Birding enthusiasts have spotted over 450 species of birds in New Jersey, and there are things you can do to make your garden an avian destination throughout the year. By providing a varied, long-term food supply, water and cover, you can entice native and migratory birds to stop by. A diversified mix of bird-friendly plants helps meet the changing seasonal needs of birds in your area and enhance your garden’s appeal.

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Some of Back to Nature ‘s plant choices for birds are a mix of evergreens and deciduous shrubs in order to provide cover and shelter year round. Our favorites are bayberry, chokeberry, serviceberry, winterberry, American holly, cotoneaster, blueberry, pyracantha, viburnum, fringe tree and sumac. Ornamental grasses along with other perennials, are also a great safe haven for birds. They provide winter interest and shelter from cold winds, seeds that provide food, and the stems and plumes are great nesting materials.

Bird houses can allow you to attract the following birds: bluebird, chickadee, nuthatch, wren, tree swallow, flicker, owls, and not to mention the New Jersey state bird the Eastern Goldfinch. And don’t forget to add a birdbath – having a clean water source is a must for birds.

Once your garden is planted, bird houses and feeders are up – don’t stop there! Organic lawn and plant care is critical! Chemical fertilizers and pesticides can be ingested by birds and cause death. A poisoned caterpillar becomes a poisoned food source to an unsuspecting bird!

Attracting birds is also a great way to introduce young people to nature, and it’s something the whole family can share. Having a bird-friendly yard has never been more important – nearly 80 percent of wildlife habitat in the United States is in private hands, and an average of 2.1 million acres each year are converted to residential use.

Whether you have an apartment, balcony, or 20 acre farm, Back to Nature can help you create an environment that welcomes birds to your property. We can help you register your yard with the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat.