Attracting Birds to Your Yard

Title

Attracting Birds to Your Yard

Number

WL 3

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Publication Date:

3-2017

Status

Current

Description

Birds capture the imagination of homeowners from all walks of life. A glance out a window during fall or spring may reveal a pinstriped blackpoll warbler busily feeding during a break from migratory flights that take it to places as far away as the boreal forests of Canada or the mountain forests of South America. Lifeless and cold winter days may be enhanced by the company of a flock of chickadees. A morning on the back porch may turn into a front seat for the first attempts at flight by recently hatched robins. Backyard habitats are important resources for many birds, and homeowners can take actions to increase the attractiveness of their yard for birds. Additionally, the same practices deemed desirable by birds can increase property values, improve aesthetics, help conserve energy costs with shade or insulation from strong winds, reduce the abundance of certain insect pests, and provide an enriching experience to observe and learn about the birds in your own backyard. This publication explores those practices and offers guidance on making the most of your yard for wildlife.

Campus Units

Natural Resource Ecology and Management

Department

Natural Resource Ecology and Management

Disciplines:

Environmental Education | Natural Resources and Conservation | Poultry or Avian Science | Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecology

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