Gardening for Birds

Nurture and sustain the living landscape for birds and other animals.

Photo: Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center staff

Native plants are those that occur naturally in a region in which they evolved. They are the ecological basis upon which life depends, including birds and people. Without these natives and the insects that co-evolved with them, local birds cannot survive. Unfortunately, most of the landscaping plants available in nurseries are alien species from other countries. These exotic plants not only sever the food web, but many have become invasive pests, outcompeting native species and degrading habitat in remaining natural areas. 

Landscaping choices have meaningful effects on the populations of birds and the insects they need to survive. Homeowners, landscapers, and local policy makers can benefit birds and other wildlife simply by selecting native plants when making their landscaping decisions. 

Click here to access Plants for Birds, Audubon's new bird-friendly and native plants database!

Native Plants for Birds
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Native Plants for Birds

Simple steps to create a native plant garden.

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Lawn Pesticides
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Lawn Pesticides

Finding alternate solutions.

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Invasive Species
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Invasive Species

Non-native and invasive exotic species are quickly becoming one of the largest threats to biodiversity in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in New York State. 

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