Backyard birds are an indicator of a healthy yard. They pollinate and scatter seeds as they travel. They also eat insect pests. Unfortunately, many common bird populations are declining due to development and deforestation. Domestic cats are a problem for native birds, too. Audubon at Home suggests keeping cats indoors and supporting local cat roaming ordinances.
To encourage birds to visit and nest, grow native plants that provide them with the food they crave and the cover they need. Here are seven of the Audubon Society's Birds to Help,
and some plants they like.