Better for Birds

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TAKE BIRDS UNDER YOUR WING

Have you ever wondered what the world would be like without birds?

Beyond their beauty and grandeur, birds matter! Here at Bower & Branch we are excited to emphasize the importance of birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society. Landscaping choices have a meaningful effect on the population of birds. Native trees and plants outshine even the best bird feeders. From a bird’s point of view, native plants are the tried-and-true food supply for a nest of begging beaks and the safest place to call home. The relationship between birds and plants is deeply intertwined in a way that crucially supports local ecosystems. North American birds are disappearing from the skies at a shocking rate, and one of the biggest reasons for that is loss of habitat. We want to prevent a future of silent skies by rebuilding and beautifying our local landscapes, beginning with our homes and communities. Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of native trees. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios.

SHOP PLANTS FOR BIRDS
You can help birds and other wildlife thrive by planting native plants in your home and community.

Bower & Branch is proud to grow this bird-friendly collection of Audubon Native Plants & Trees, free of neonicotinoids, to provide food and shelter for local and migrating birds.

About the National Audubon Society:

The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow, throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state programs, nature centers, chapters, and partners have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. Since 1905, Audubon’s vision has been a world in which people and wildlife thrive.

What is the definition of Native?

“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society

Choosing native plants and trees allows your landscape to coexist with nature, rather than compete with it. They are the ecological basis that birds and people depend on.

Here are some compelling reasons why you should choose native trees and plants for your garden:

1. Native plants and trees are ideal for providing nesting resources and supporting native insects, many of which are the primary food source for most birds during breeding season. You can help keep local ecosystems healthy!

2. Native plants and trees are versatile: no matter the size of your garden or project, you can find native plants that are the right fit. From dry shade to rock gardens, to a shade-giving tree, there are native plants and trees that fit your needs and provide safe spaces for your winged friends.

3. Since native plants and trees are already adapted to local environments, they are quite low maintenance. They’re equipped with natural protection that makes them disease and pest resistant and easy to grow in local conditions. Plus, you can rest easy as they conserve water and soil.

4. Bower & Branch’s native trees and plants are grown neonicotinoid free. Neonicotinoids are insecticides used widely on farms and in urban landscapes. They are absorbed by plants and can be present in pollen and nectar, making them very toxic for birds, bees, and butterflies.

No matter where you go, birds are present throughout every habitat across the world. There will always be evidence of birds in the pockets of our gardens – the hardworking woodpecker leaving a cavity that many other birds depend on, or a warbler weaving tidy nests high in the trees. While this activity is often overlooked, birds play an integral role within a well-functioning ecosystem.

Here are some more reasons why we need birds (and why they need us!):

1. Birds pollinate plants just like bees and butterflies do! Many plants we use for food or medicine are pollinated by birds.

2. Birds are natural exterminators! Recent studies have estimated that birds eat 400-500 million tons of insects a year. We don’t want to imagine a world without birds doing the hard work of pest control. *Nyffeler, Martin & Sekercioglu, Cagan & Whelan, Christopher. (2018). Insectivorous birds consume an estimated 400–500 million tons of prey annually. The Science of Nature. 105. 10.1007/s00114-018-1571-z.

3. Many birds play an important role as nature’s clean-up crew. Scavenger birds like vultures, crows, and ravens are natural sanitation services as they break down animal carcasses and vastly limit the spread of disease.

How You Can Help

Landscaping your yard and garden to attract birds has benefits beyond turning your garden into a bird sanctuary. Through native plants, you can help the environment, restore local ecosystems, provide cleaner waterways, and build a healthier garden that’s better for birds and people. There are places with no walls or boundaries, where nature surrounds you. It is the place where native trees and plants have always been, and will always be there for us. Together we can restore that beauty for future generations.

By choosing from our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees, together we can plant better for birds today and tomorrow.