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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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Bringing more birds to your own backyard

DNR News: backyard birds
American Columbine flower and
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Spring migration is a special time, particularly in the Great Lakes State. Michigan lies at the intersection of the Atlantic and Mississippi migratory flyways – avian super-highways that bring more than 340 bird species to our state every year. Just like many of us, these birds love a great garden, especially one that is brimming with native plants.

Native plants produce four times the amount of “insect biomass” – the total amount of living insects in a given area – as non-native plants do.

“That’s a big reason why native Michigan plants are an excellent food source for our feathered friends and their hatchlings,” said Erin Rowan, MI Birds program associate. “Growing bird-friendly, native plants will attract and protect the birds you love while making your space beautiful and easy to care for.”

Rowan said that upcoming workshops will offer great opportunities for people to learn more about creating a backyard habitat that will attract birds, deer, pheasants, pollinators and other wildlife.

In the Lansing area: Michigan Audubon will host a backyard bird habitat workshop May 11 in Okemos. Get event details and register.

Can’t attend a workshop? Want to learn more about starting your own bird-friendly garden, but not sure where to start? Check out Audubon’s Plants for Birds Resources, including a database of plants native to your area. Additionally, you can explore the birding resources of the MI Birds webpage.

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