Back Yard Birding

The Audubon Society is working to make back yards (and front yards!) more bird-friendly by promoting their bird friendly community programs.  This initiative gives families the tools and information they need to create bird-friendly habitats in their own yards!  Simple choices and actions make a big difference – from installing a nuthatch box to choosing native plants.  There are several ways you can make your own yard bird friendly! You can check out what birds are native to your area and find out what you can do to help them thrive by making a welcoming habitat in your yard by visiting the Audubon website.  Once you locate your nearest state office or center, you can find out what birds and plants are native to your area to assist you on your projects. Kids can even get involved in making a bird-friendly environment in your yard!

Take a few minutes to identify what birds you see in your yard.  Make a bird seed wreath to hang from a tree.  Check out these cool ideas for making bird seed feeders at home from simple supplies.  Older kids can get involved by helping plant bird-friendly plants, as well as documenting and identifying birds seen in your yard or neighborhood.

For tips, tricks and ideas on birding, visit The Online Guide to North American Birds provided by the Audubon Society. Want to make your yard more bird-friendly?  Check out the Audubon site for more information on important items like plants, soil, lighting and everything else you need to know about making your yard a bird-friendly environment.

By Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK (Mountain Blue Bird 6  Uploaded by tm) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK (Mountain Blue Bird 6 Uploaded by tm) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  Don’t know where to start?  You can print out the following information for other ideas on making a bird-friendly environment.  Just choose what type of home/area you live in for specific information.

Town/Suburb Living

Country Living

Apartment Living 

The Audubon Society even has a helpful planning sheet to help you design your yard to be as bird-friendly as possible!  Even making small changes to your yard, activities, and placing bird feeders can make a huge difference to the birds in your area.

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Now, grab your kids and family and get outside!  See what birds you can find and work together to make your yard a bird-friendly habitat!

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