Plants for Birds

Northern Mockingbird on Eastern Redbud. Photo: Glenda Simmons/Great Backyard Bird Count

"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.

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. 

We’re Nuts About These Bird-Friendly Native Plants
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We’re Nuts About These Bird-Friendly Native Plants

Nuts and seeds are a very important source of fat for birds as they help keep their skin and feathers healthy. Check out these four species from our 2018 Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year list!

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Sweeten Up Your Backyard With These Native Nectar Plants
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Sweeten Up Your Backyard With These Native Nectar Plants

Nectar is a sweet treat that provides essential nutrients for one of our most recognizable backyard birds - the hummingbird! Find the best native nectar-producing plants for birds here.

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These Bird-Friendly Native Plants are Berry Special
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These Bird-Friendly Native Plants are Berry Special

Berries are so important to birds. Check out these top four types of bountiful berry plants on our 2018 Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year list!

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Audubon North Carolina & First Lady Kristin Cooper Build a Bird-Friendly Garden at the Executive Mansion
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Audubon North Carolina & First Lady Kristin Cooper Build a Bird-Friendly Garden at the Executive Mansion

Learn how Audubon North Carolina helped establish a bird and pollinator-friendly garden at the Executive Mansion!

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Planting a Mountain Oasis for Birds
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Planting a Mountain Oasis for Birds

Outside of Boone, High Country Audubon is reviving the hillsides and riverbanks of a park with native plants.

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A Native Plants Garden That Brings Birds, Pollinators, and Parishioners Together
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A Native Plants Garden That Brings Birds, Pollinators, and Parishioners Together

The partnership between Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society and St. Eugene Catholic Church in Asheville, North Carolina, is just one example of the chapter's work in the community.

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Town of Matthews Embraces Native Plants for Birds
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Town of Matthews Embraces Native Plants for Birds

Municipal leaders vote in favor of more native trees and plants to accompany new development.

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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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Brightening the Greensboro Bog Garden
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Brightening the Greensboro Bog Garden

Members of the T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society in Greensboro are removing exotic, invasive plants at the local public “Bog Garden” at Benjamin Park—and replacing them with bird-friendly native species.

First Lady Kristin Cooper Reveals a Bird and Pollinator-Friendly Garden at the Executive Mansion
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First Lady Kristin Cooper Reveals a Bird and Pollinator-Friendly Garden at the Executive Mansion

"As someone who loves birds, gardening and our natural environment, I wanted the Executive Mansion native plant garden to be a model for those interested in supporting birds and wildlife in their own backyards,” said the First Lady.

Audubon North Carolina & First Lady Kristin Cooper Build a Bird-Friendly Garden at the Executive Mansion
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Audubon North Carolina & First Lady Kristin Cooper Build a Bird-Friendly Garden at the Executive Mansion

Learn how Audubon North Carolina helped establish a bird and pollinator-friendly garden at the Executive Mansion!

Your Go-To Local Experts: Native Plant Retailers
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Your Go-To Local Experts: Native Plant Retailers

They can provide tailored recommendations and change their inventory to support demand: here's why else our local Bird-Friendly Native Plant retailers are essential to our bird-friendly communities!

Help North Carolina's Executive Mansion Get Bird and Pollinator-Friendlier
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Help North Carolina's Executive Mansion Get Bird-Friendlier

Help First Lady Kristin Cooper install a pollinator & bird friendly garden at North Carolina’s Executive Mansion!

Highlights From the 2017 Cullowhee Native Plant Conference
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Highlights From the 2017 Cullowhee Native Plant Conference

A great experience for anyone who is interested in planting for birds, whether you’re just getting started or you’ve been doing it for decades!

Find the Best Plants for Birds in Your Zip Code
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Find the Best Plants for Birds in Your Zip Code

Discover the best bird-friendly native plants in your area by entering your zip code into Audubon's national database!

Blackgum Trees for Big Variety
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Blackgum Trees for Big Variety

Who doesn’t love Blackgum? Thrushes, mimids, woodpeckers, tanagers, and waxwings all flock to this bird-friendly tree from August through October to vie over its berry-like stone fruits.

A Little Sign Goes a Long Way
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A Little Sign Goes a Long Way

Adding a "Plants for Birds" sign to your native plant garden will help spread the word to your friends and neighbors that your community is bird-friendly!

A Star Plant to Attract Big-Beaked Birds
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A Star Plant to Attract Big-Beaked Birds

Flowers like the Star Tickseed make for excellent backyard bird watching.

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