"There is nothing more exciting than watching a mother bird drop seeds from your feeder into her young one's throat for the first time -- unless it's catching a hummingbird dart and dive at the nectar flowers and brightly colored vines you've planted. Or maybe it's hearing the call of a bobwhite as it forages for seeds in your backyard wildflower meadow. Gardens that attract birds are sources of everlasting enjoyment and beauty. Of course, the entertainment for you as a gardener can't compare with how the birds benefit. You're providing them with the basic necessities of life: food, shelter, and water.
Perhaps the most important benefit of gardening for the birds is the happy effect it has on the environment. When you plant a bird garden, you create a new habitat that is good for the entire ecosystem. Insects, butterflies, and often mammal populations will thrive.
You may think there's not much you can do to help restore the wild and diverse landscape that dominated North America just a few decades ago. But as ecologists around the world like to say, "Think globally. Act locally." When you look outside at your own backyard, the task becomes easier. And if you can get your neighbors and community interested in bird gardening, you can create much larger areas of bird-friendly territory.
Bringing nature back into balance is a challenge, but every little bit helps. Start by planting a garden just for your backyard birds; you and your avian friends will appreciate it."
This is the ideal guide for anyone interested in learning how to attract birds in their garden. It lists flowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees to attract a wide variety of birds.
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