The Bird-Friendly Landscape


No matter what part of the Country you live in, there are things you can do on your own property to make it a better place for birds to be.

The best landscaping options feature native plantings and require little maintenance.  Native plants don't require all the irrigation and spraying that other, non-native options do. Native plants also provide valuable bird food and shelter.  Plus, since birds eat the berries and seeds from these plants, they'll help the plants spread and reseed. 

Whatever plants you choose, try to provide a mixture of trees, shrubs, and cleared areas.  Birds are attracted to "edges" where landscapes transition from cleared land to more wooded. 

 The Audubon Backyard Birdwatcher:
Birdfeeders and Bird Gardens



 Attracting Birds to Your Backyard: 536 Ways to Create a Haven for Your Favorite Birds (Rodale Organic Gardening Books)

Online Resources


Guide to Landscaping for Birds

Landscaping for Birds

The bird friendly backyard

Living with Wildlife - Landscaping for Birds fromm Massachusetts Audobon.

Selecting trees and shrubs to attract birds

Landscaping to attract birds - Baltimore Bird Club

How to attract birds to your yard.

Attracting Bluebirds