Go Native to Sustain Songbirds and Other Wildlife in Your Garden

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Booklet Promotes Gardens that Help Birds

Gardeners can help birds survive by choosing native plants for their gardens, especially those that attract insects birds need to feed their nestlings. A new booklet produced by the St. Paul Audubon Society shows how to have a lovely garden that also supports wild creatures.

As birds and other wildlife are increasingly displaced by human activities, native plant gardens become important mini-refuges. Native plants attract native insects, the food source for 96 percent of songbird nestlings.

Some natives are better than others at attracting insects. The Audubon Society booklet spotlights 51 native trees, shrubs, vines, flowering plants and grasses that provide the most benefit to birds and others in central Minnesota.

“There are many sources for information about native plants, but we feel our booklet is unique in that it shows which natives are the best for attracting insects to feed birds,” said Val Cunningham, a St. Paul Audubon member who helped produce the booklet.

The booklet, “‘Go native’ to sustain songbirds and other wildlife in your garden,” is free and will be available at green and garden expos, garden shows and seminars, as well as from the organizations that are its sponsors: St. Paul Audubon Society, Audubon Minnesota, Out Back Nursery and Landscaping and Wild Ones—Oak Savanna & Twin Cities Chapters.

View a PDF of the booklet here.

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