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Creating a Bird Sanctuary

Providing sanctuary for birds as their natural habitat becomes fractured by loss of grasslands, forests and wetlands, is becoming more and more important for those who love to observe them. Your landscape will help determine your opportunities for bird conservation. Territorial needs for each species varies. Bluebirds for instance need room to spread their wings. Having bluebirds in your backyard if you live within city limits is a rarity. However, if your home is suburban you can work with neighbors to attract bluebirds. They seem happiest in wide open spaces. There are many other engaging birds' worth enticing to your back yard, and by providing fresh water in clean bird baths, natural foods such as fruits, nuts and seeds in clean feeders and an assortment of trees, shrubs, grasses and flowers you can attract a variety of birds - and in doing so, contribute to their well-being.

Many songbirds are attracted to urban settings. By following the prescribed activities listed above, you can attract Cardinal, Black-capped Chickadee, American Goldfinch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Tufted Titmouse, the Downy Woodpecker, Junco and several more to your habitat.

K Drive Greenhouse Co. no longer carries trees, but we can share with you the species that will help attract and shelter birds; as well as a listing of shrubs, flowers and vines that help sustain them.

TREES FOR ATTRACTING BIRDS

Spring Nectar: Redbud and Lilac
Summer Fruit and Nectar: Dogwood, Mulberry and Redbud
Fall Fruit and Nectar: Crabapple
Winter Fruit: Juniper
Seed Trees: Maple, Birch and Elderberry
Shelter Trees: Arborvitae, Cedar, Spruce, Yew, Cypress, Eastern Hemlock, Oak and Willow

SHRUBS FOR ATTRACTING BIRDS

Spring Nectar: Lilac and Quince
Summer Berries and Nectar: Serviceberries, Chokecherry, Weigela, Summersweet and Blackberries,
Raspberries, Elderberry, Blueberries, Butterfly Bush and Rose of Sharon
Fall Berries and Nectar: Dogwood, Beautyberry, Roses, Viburnums, Winterberry/ Holly, and Barberry
Shrubs for Nests: Elderberry, Roses, Willows, Euonymus, Ninebark and Forsythia
Shrubs for Shelter: Juniper, Rhododendron, Boxwood, Spirea, Cypress and Yew

FLOWERS FOR ATTRACTING BIRDS

Perennial
Seeds and/or Nectar: Coreopsis, Purple Coneflowers, Joe-Pyke Weed, Liatris, Black-eyed Susan,
Milkweed/Butterfly Weed, Coral Bells, Columbine, Cardinal Flower, Bee Balm, Lupine,
Penstemon, Phlox, Sedum, Aster, Bachelor's Button, Baptisia, Lupine, Foxglove, Blanket Flower,
Salvia, Yarrow, Strawberry, Agastache, Hollyhock, Hosta, Lychnis, Yucca, Delphinium, Goldenrod,
Dandelions, Gaura, Pincushion Flower, Poppy and Catmint

Annual
Seeds and/or Nectar: Fuchsia, Cosmos, Nicotiana, Salvia, Zinnia, Marigold, Petunia, Sunflowers,
Verbena, Lantana, Cleome, Calibrachoa, Geranium and Angelonia

VINES FOR ATTRACTING BIRDS


Fruit bearing and Shelter: Bittersweet, Grapes, Honeysuckle,
Nasturtium, Morning Glory, Clematis and Trumpet

HERBS FOR ATTRACTING BIRDS


Dill, Sage, Pineapple Sage, Lavender and Mint

GRASSES FOR ATTRACTING BIRDS


Pennisetum, Schizachyrium (bluestem), Panicum, Bamboo and Fescue
Leave grasses uncut for the winter to provide seed and shelter.

This is a varied list of plants. No-one can or should try to plant them all. Thoughtful planning and planting will not only help you, but it will result in healthier plants and healthier birds.