| Story by Meghan McMahon |
Do you like to wake up to the sounds of birds chirping? Do you sometimes find yourself mesmerized by the birds you see out your kitchen window?
Birds are one of the most abundant forms of wildlife in our area, so it’s not uncommon to see many different species in our yards and parks at the same time: robins foraging for worms on the ground while red-winged blackbirds call out from the treetops and finches and sparrows dot the landscape.
But if you love the sight of birds in your yard, you may have to do more than just put out birdseed to attract a greater variety. Bird feeders are a start, but the plants in your yard also play a large role in attracting birds and other wildlife. They rely on plants like trees, shrubs and even grasses and flowers for both food and shelter. And when it comes to plants to attract wildlife, native plants are best.