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Bird Friendly Yard

Follow these simple steps to make your yard Bird Friendly®.

bird eating a berry

Keep those bird feeders filled.
Bird seed provides a small, but sometimes critical percentage of bird's diets, particularly during winter months. Plus, bird feeders are a great way to get a close-up view of resident and migratory birds.
Don't forget the water!
Providing a water source like a bird bath or fountain will invite a variety of birds to your yard. This water source is important all year round. In summer, birds use it to cool off, especially during drought when water can be hard to find. But it's also helpful during winter, when natural sources freeze.
Offer nesting and sheltering areas.
They provide birds suitable habitat for breeding, resting, and protection from predators. Some birds depend on finding tree cavities to nest and breed. Leaving dead snags standing or putting up artificial nest boxes can make a huge difference in their survival.
Choose native trees and shrubs.
They will attract beneficial insects, which are a key food source of most birds. By choosing native plants, you help maintain the integrity of your yard's ecosystem.
Kick out invasive and nonnative plant species.
You can significantly improve the habitat in your yard by removing these plants. They often outcompete native species, reduce biological diversity and available food for animals, and alter key ecosystem functions such nutrient cycling. Popular plants that are actually invasive include Kudzu, English Ivy, Japanese Knotweed and Tree of Heaven.
Reduce pesticide application.
Toxic chemicals in conventional pesticides can be harmful to children, pets and wildlife. They can kills birds or cause severe problems that impact survival, like eggshell thinning, and reduced appetite and parental attentiveness. Switch to natural products at home, and buy organic produce to support farmers using environmentally-friendly methods to grown crops.
Keep cats indoors.
All those "presents" add up and make a shockingly large impact on bird populations—our studies estimate domestic owned and un-owned cats kill between 1.4 billion and 3.7 billion birds every year. Help slow widespread declines by keeping your beloved felines inside.