The month of May is a great time of the year to consider including wildlife-friendly native plants in your gardening plans. By choosing plants that naturally occur where you live, you'll provide both resident and migratory birds with the essential insects, fruit, seeds and shelter they need year-round, while also helping them adapt and survive in the face of climate change. Some careful plant choices can turn your garden, patio or balcony into a more beautiful and environmentally friendly space, while helping to protect birds - especially during this current migration season.
Find bird-friendly plants for your area with Audubon's native plants database at audubon.org/native-plants.
Here is a great article about the benefits of bird-friendly native plants.
Over the last 100 years, urban sprawl has transformed 150 million acres of farmland and native habitats across the United States into buildings, hardscape, and 40 million acres of highly manicured lawns. Filled with exotic plants, these urban landscapes no longer support the healthy, functioning ecosystems that birds and wildlife need.