Bird-Friendly Native Plants

Native plants providing the necessary foods birds need to survive and thrive

Photo: Will Stuart

"It's simple: By gardening with native plants, no matter where you live or how small or large your space is, you can help sustain wildlife." - Doug Tallamy, Bringing Nature Home

Your yard -- and the kinds of plants in it -- matters more than you may know. Native plants play a very important role in providing the food birds need to survive and thrive in a way that non-native plants cannot do. 

Going Native
Native plants are those that occur naturally in an area. North Carolina, with its diverse geography, is home to thousands of native plant species! Our natural wildlife - including birds - have adapted to the resources provided by North Carolina's native plant population. These plants and trees are, in a real sense, home for our birds.

The current population of native plants is becoming displaced by non-native, exotic and often vigorously growing species. These invasive exotic plants encroach on natural habitats and do not provide the nutrients many birds need to survive.

Why are native plants important?
In a word: insects... Almost all land birds require insects to feed their young. Even seed-eating birds often must feed their babies insects to ensure their survival. Insects cannot adapt to eating non-native plants. Less native plants means less insects, which in turn means fewer bird babies growing to adulthood. 

Where to find native plants?
Below, you will find a list of recommended and approved nurseries in North Carolina that specialize in selling native seeds and plants. These retailers are all participating partners of Audubon North Carolina's Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year program. 

Why Go Native for Birds
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Why Go Native for Birds

Native plants play a very important role in providing the food birds need to survive and thrive.

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Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year List
Bird-Friendly Native Plants

Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year List

The Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year list is here! Download it now.

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Find Bird-Friendly Native Plants Retailers
Bird-Friendly Native Plants

Find Bird-Friendly Native Plants Retailers

Find a retailer near you that carries the Native Plants of the Year

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Bird-Friendly Native Plants Lists
Bird Friendly Native Plants Lists

Bird-Friendly Native Plants Lists

Find all the resources you need to make your backyard bird friendly. Download list of native plants that work for your area.

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Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year: For Gardeners
Bird-Friendly Native Plants

Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year: For Gardeners

We’re partnering with local plant nurseries and growers to offer more bird-friendly native plants to add to your garden to help our birds.

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Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year: For Growers and Retailers
Bird-Friendly Native Plants

Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year: For Growers and Retailers

We are creating a local base of buyers for native plants, and now we need YOU – our local growers and nurserymen.

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Native Plant Brochures Now Available in Spanish
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Native Plant Brochures Now Available in Spanish

We are excited to announce that all three of our regional native plants for birds brochures (mountain, piedmont and coast) are now available in Spanish

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Native Plant Profiles
Native Plant Profiles

Native Plant Profiles

Get information on how to make your favorite native plants thrive in your bird-friendly garden.

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Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year Program
Bird-Friendly Native Plants

Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year Program

Audubon North Carolina's Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year program works to bring back native plants that specifically benefit birds, our environment and our local economy.

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Learn More About Bird-Friendly Native Plants

How to Make Your Yard Bird-Friendly
Bird-Friendly Native Plants

How to Make Your Yard Bird-Friendly

Grow a beautiful garden that provides a safe haven for birds in the face of climate change

Summer Daydreams of Planting a Fall Bird Garden
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Summer Daydreams of Planting a Fall Bird Garden

It’s hot. It’s steamy. Planting your bird garden right now is not a good idea. Find new ways to spend the summer preparing your garden for fall planting season.

Happy Hummers Get Wild for White Flowers
Native Plant Profiles

Happy Hummers Get Wild for White Flowers

With its white blossoms, Virginia Sweetspire might not look like a hummingbird magnet, but you can bet it is!

National Audubon Society Receives $36,900 Grant from Wells Fargo-NFWF to Support Native Plants project
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National Audubon Society Receives $36,900 Grant from Wells Fargo-NFWF to Support Native Plants project

— Part of $100 million effort to support local environmental nonprofits
Phlox: A Sweet Addition To Any Woodland Garden
Native Plant Profiles

Phlox: A Sweet Addition To Any Woodland Garden

Plant Eastern Blue Phlox for an evergreen ground cover that adds a burst of spring color to your garden, a sweet fragrance, and attracts hummingbirds.

Plan a Bird-Friendly Earth Day Party!
Bird-Friendly Native Plants

Plan a Bird-Friendly Earth Day Party!

Earth Day is right around the corner, what better day to celebrate birds and our lovely planet?!

Bird-Brained Landscape Design
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Bird-Brained Landscape Design

Learn how incorporating bird-friendly practices into architecture and landscape design can have an impact on the birds in your backyard.

Why Bird-Friendly Landscape Architecture Matters
Bird-Friendly Native Plants

Why Bird-Friendly Landscape Architecture Matters

Learn how incorporating bird-friendly practices into architecture and landscape design can have an impact on the birds in your backyard.

Bird-Friendly Native Plants for Every North Carolina Gardener
Bird-Friendly Native Plants

Bird-Friendly Native Plants for Every North Carolina Gardener

These local nurseries across our state have committed to selling native plants to benefit birds. Now it’s your turn to shop local and help native plants take root.

Spread Native Plants with DIY Seed Bombs!
Bird-Friendly Native Plants

Spread Native Plants with DIY Seed Bombs!

Toss this DIY little bomb of guerrilla bird activism in neglected spaces around your home; drive one to work or to your kid’s school.

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