Now is a good time to do some planning to make your yard and garden more attractive to birds and butterflies. For many of us spring is still a distant dream though for some it will be there soon. There is nothing more enjoyable than watching a hungry hummingbird sipping nectar from a plant in our garden or a beautiful butterfly that found a place to rest in our yard.
Just as we are more likely to spend more time in a location that provides for our creature needs–food; drink; a place that provides some comfort, protection from the elements and safety–so too are birds and butterflies more likely to spend more time with us if we provide for their needs. Whether they are stopping by during migration or staying to produce offspring, birds and butterflies need good sources of food, water and habitat.
There are some great resources on the internet from non-profit organizations that provide a lot of helpful information for making our yards more bird and butterfly friendly (and don’t forget the need for bee-friendly yards):
- The National Audubon Society has some great information in their ‘Audubon At Home’ webpage Plants for Birds and Wildlife.
- The National Wildlife Federation also has pages in their ‘Garden for Wildlife’ website for ‘Create a Bird Friendly Habitat’ .
- Monarch Watch provides information on their ‘Butterfly Gardening’ part of their website that lists not only those plants that are good nectar sources for many species of butterflies but larval host plants (organized both by plant and by butterfly) & more.
- A good resource for conserving insect (butterflies and bees) pollinators is the ‘Gardens’ pages in the Xerces Society website
- Birds and Blooms Magazine also has a ‘Garden for Butterflies’ webpage with instructions on building a butterfly-shaped garden.
- Wildflower.org provides information on ‘Recommended Native Plant Species’ that lets you look them up by state.
- And you can learn all about ‘How to Naturescape’ in a section of PlantNative.org website
Do you have plans to improve your yard to attract birds, butterflies and bees?