Photo © Dave Wendelken

Landscaping for Nesting Birds

Nesting success is often related to the quality of habitat within a bird’s territory. Habitat quality is the ability of the environment to provide the appropriate resources, such as food and shelter, to enable individual and population survival. Generally speaking, the higher the habitat quality is in your backyard, farm, or local park, the better these places will be able to support nesting birds. NestWatchers can help increase the number of birds nesting and young fledging by making bird-friendly improvements to the landscape!

American Robin with Berry
American Robin with Berry

Some bird-friendly improvements include:

Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Bluebird

There are many more ways to cultivate habitat by gardening or landscaping for birds on your property! To learn more about land stewardship for birds, visit our sister project YardMap, where you can map an area’s vegetation types, read articles on improving habitat, and share local knowledge with other citizen scientists near you! YardMap is dedicated to connecting you with your landscape details and providing tools for you to make better decisions about how to manage landscapes sustainably. Try it out today–you can even log in with your NestWatch username and password!