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Garden “Messy” For Birds This Fall

Habitat Network is running a campaign to help birds and other wildlife by encouraging gardeners to do less yard work. Join thousands of others who are going to sit back and relax this fall instead of cleaning up their gardens.

Did you know that birds such as Carolina and Bewick’s Wrens use last season’s leaves and grasses in their nests? Overwintering birds also find insects and spiders in unraked leaves when other foods are scarce. Grasses and flowers that have gone to seed will be enjoyed by resident finches and sparrows. By leaving your gardens “messy” (i.e., leaving habitat) this fall, you can support nesting birds and other wildlife! Learn more about the campaign, and take the Lazy Gardener pledge.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology