About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Grapes and birds

http://www.pestid.msu.edu/WeedsPlantIdentification/Wildgrapes/tabid/168/Default.aspx
There are more than 50 species of Wild Grapes in the Vitis genus native to eastern and central North America. They grow in woods, on riverbanks and along fence-rows and flower in late spring to early summer.

We had a huge fence at our elementary school covered in vines. Fresh, tender leaves to me are the first ingredient to my favorite food, Vegetarian Stuffed Grape Leaves.  

The vines also produce berries from August until frost which attract a variety of birds and other animals that eat the fruits and disperse seeds.
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