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Home Best Backyard Bird-Feeding Practices Bird Houses, Bird Baths, and Native Plants
Bird Houses, Bird Baths, and Native Plants

In addition to bird seed and bird feeders, many species are attracted to bird houses, bird baths, and native plants.  These features offer shelter, water, protection from the elements and predators, and can be a good source of food. 

Bird Houses

A bird house can attract wild birds that may not visit bird feeders.  Nest boxes attract birds such as wrens and bluebirds and nesting platforms attract robins. 

Learn more about bird houses and how to build a bird house.

Bird Baths and Other Water Features

© Roger Mayhorn

A water source, such as a bird bath or pond, is a great feature that allows wild birds to drink and bathe in while enhancing your yard.  Like bird feeders, water features should be placed where you can readily see them, but in areas safe from predators.

Learn more about using bird baths to attract wild birds to your yard.

Native Plants

© Roger Mayhorn

One of the most effective ways to create a bird-friendly yard is to landscape your yard with vegetation native to your area.  A diversity of plants of all shapes and sizes including large and small trees, bushes and shrubs, and smaller flowering plants provide shelter, nest sites, protection from predators, and food for year-round residents and migratory birds.  For information on the best plants for your yard, contact your local cooperative extension office, nature center or nursery.

Learn which plants can attract hummingbirds to your yard.

Learn which plants can attract wild birds to your yard.


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