Discover plants for birds and let hope grow in your backyard. Join us for Aullwood’s 13th annual Native Plant Sale, featuring over 80 species of native wildflowers, trees, shrubs and grasses!
The public sale is Saturday, April 22nd from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the Charity A. Krueger Farm Discovery Center, 9101 Frederick Pike, Dayton OH 45414. (If you pre-order plants, you may pick them up on Friday, April 21st from 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM and purchase additional plants before the sale opens to the public on April 22nd.) Admission to the Native Plant Sale and both Aullwood Center and Farm is free on April 22nd! See Aullwood's Native Plant Sale 2017 Catalog for the plant sale order form, photos and information about all the plants available, and more.
A clear sign that spring has arrived is the melodious songs of our returning migrant songbirds! Upon arrival home, these weary travelers are focused on finding two things: nutritious food and a mate. You can help these birds accomplish their mission by planting native plants! Native plants provide nourishing seed and nectar sources for birds, as well as, food for the insects that have co-evolved with these plants. Did you know that 96% of young North American land birds consume insects? Native plants support large numbers of beneficial insects that are crucial food sources for birds. Native plants also provide superior shelter for nesting, migrating and overwintering birds. With over half of our North American bird species threatened by climate change, native plants provide the perfect combination of superior food sources and shelter, increasing birds’ resilience. Conversely, non-native plants provide poor nutritional food, support very few species of native insects and offer inferior nesting and shelter sites for birds.
Unsure which plants will attract the greatest diversity of birds to your yard? Check out Audubon’s new Plants for Birds tool at www.audubon.org/plantsforbirds to determine which native plants will grow best in our region and what wildlife the plants support. You can also use the database to discover which plants will attract specific bird species. Aullwood’s Native Plant Sale Catalog also depicts which plants are good food sources for songbirds, hummingbirds, caterpillars and butterflies.
Now that you’ve selected your native plants and created a landscaping plan, what else can you do to create a bird-friendly yard? Reduce or eliminate toxic chemical use, keep cats inside, create or protect water sources, create shelters by making brush piles or letting dead trees stand, reduce light pollution by closing blinds or turning off excess lights and prevent window collisions. When you help birds, you are also providing healthy habitats for other pollinators and people too!
(Upper image "Common Yellowthroat (male)" and lower image "Baltimore Oriole (male)'' by Ruhikant Meetei, used by permission, all rights reserved)