With CRP land enrollment at an all time low due to the proliferation of ethanol in the United States, wild birds are in dire need of habitat. Farm lobbyists have had there way with washington for the past several years, and as a result now farmers are shoe-horning corn into every last inch of turf. Long gone are the days of brush and fence rows seperating farm fields.
For wild birds this is not good. Already faced with an exploding feral cat population, now our fine feathered friends are seeing much of their cover slashed and burned for the ethanol hungry suits.
So, long story short is it’s ultra importnat for home owners and property owners to open their eyes a bit wider in selecting landscaping plants, bushes, and trees that are more bird friendly. The little guys need us!
This is a great bird identification site that features tons of good posts on the different varietys of plants to consider planting in your area. There are a lot of easy to grow species that not only look great as curb appealling landscape accents but also provide food and nesting cover for wild birds.
Ask any bird watcher and you’ll quickly learn that the environment around your home is crucial. Even if you only have a little yard, all the little yards throughout the U.S. can add up quickly to create some serious prime turn for these little guys.
Just please be sure if you have a cat to keep it inside. De-clawing it or putting a bell on it is not enough. Studies have proven this time and time again.
And also dont forget to incorporate bir houses and bird feeders into the design of your new feather songbird friendly yard! These can be a great way of attracting them to your area as a whole.