Growing native plants is a great way to attract birds to your yard. Native birds need the native plants and insects that have co-evolved with them for food. Many landscaping plants available in nurseries are from other countries and make poor food sources for native birds. For more information on why native plants are best for birds visit Cornell University’s article, A Yard Full Of Native Plants Is A Yard Full Of Well-Fed Birds or Audubon’s article, Why Native Plants Are Better for Birds and People.

The Audubon Native Plants database is a great place to search for native plants to attract birds in your area. The database is searchable by zip code, by specific types of plants and birds, and by keyword. It even allows you to create a list of all the plants you are interested in and what birds each plant attracts for reference. Learn more about specific birds with the Audubon Guide to North American Birds or the Audubon Bird Guide App. Also check out Cornell University and the National Science Foundation’s Free bird ID app that helps you identify birds by answering questions or from a photo.

If you are interested in learning bird calls then try out the Bird Song Hero Game by Cornell University.

Watch the recording of our April 21, 2022 program presented by Denis Kania from the DuPage Birding Club to learn how to attract hummingbirds to your yard. Check out the great resources on the DuPage Birding Club’s website and on their Educational Channel on YouTube to learn more about birds. The club offers many field trips and you do not have to be a member to participate.

In Spring hummingbirds enjoy sipping from the Columbine flower
Hummingbirds especially enjoy summer nectar from red Lobelia, the Cardinal Flower