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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Nectar for Hummingbirds: The Sweet Azalea
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Nectar for Hummingbirds: The Sweet Azalea

Sweet Azalea is a particularly important food source for our local Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.

Announcing the 2017 Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year
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2017 Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year

A garden filled with an assortment of flowers, shrubs, and trees will attract a wider variety of birds and important insects for years to come.

Bringing Nature to North Carolina
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Bringing Nature to North Carolina

Read a special interview with Doug Tallamy, author of "Bringing Nature Home".

What monsters are lurking in your yard?
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What monsters are lurking in your yard?

This Halloween, go on an invasive plant hunt and eliminate these nasty plants from your yard.

Meet the 2018 Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year
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Meet the 2018 Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year

Meet your Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year for 2018!

Elect The Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year
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Elect The Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year

Help finalize our 2018 Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year list by casting your vote! Our native plant experts have complied a list of NC native plant candidates, and now it’s up to YOU to vote for the winners.

Plant Fringe Tree for Three-Season Appeal
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Plant Fringe Tree for Three-Season Appeal

Plant a Fringe Tree to have a three-season stunner in your bird-friendly backyard.

Communities Come Together to Benefit Birds
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Communities Come Together to Benefit Birds

Two Planting Events Provide Bird-Friendly Gardens for Citizens to Enjoy.

Enjoy A Living Bird Feeder with Little Bluestem
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Enjoy A Living Bird Feeder with Little Bluestem

Planting Little Bluestem in your yard is like planting a living bird feeder. Learn more about this plant featured on our 2016 Bird-Friendly Native Plant of the Year list.

A River Birch Oasis
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A River Birch Oasis

If you have space to plant just one tree to feed your birds, you can’t go wrong with the River Birch, one of our 2016 Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year.

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