May 9, 2018 | Featured in: Watching Backyard Birds, June 2018

A Bird-friendly Yard Is Insect-friendly, Too

Eastern kingbird feeding nestlings. Most backyard birds feed nestlings primarily insects—a high-protein diet for those fast-growing bodies.
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Most backyard birds—including most seed-eaters—feed their nestlings primarily insects—a high-protein diet for those fast-growing bodies. A bird-friendly yard, then, encourages caterpillars, spiders, grubs, moths, and other such invertebrates. Avoid using pesticides in and around your yard, but also, consider landscaping with plants that have been on this continent for thousands of years and are easily recognized as food sources by native wildlife—including insects. The National Wildlife Federation offers recommendations for native plants for each region of the U.S. Learn more on their website »



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