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!
Some bird-friendly improvements include:
- Reducing the amount of space covered by mowed lawn in favor of native shrubs and trees
- Planting multiple layers of structure throughout your property (e.g., tall trees, medium shrubs, and short grasses/ wildflowers)
- Incorporating appropriate plants to attract nesting birds in your area
- Using fewer helper chemicals, such as pesticides and fertilizers
- Providing a constant source of fresh clean water for birds
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!