Native Trees Attract Birds
and Other Wildlife

Large trees attract several birds.

They offer protection, food, a place to raise a family and often they create a fly through.

These monsters are the high rise condos of nature.

The true "Green Giants".

They offers food and shelter for all kinds of wildlife.

If you know and understand what to plant in your yard and garden you too can have more birds, butterflies and other forms of wildlife.

Every region has its own "natural" vegetation and that is narrowed down to districts within a region.

Different flora attracts different fauna and that goes for birds and butterflies as well.

In this ever shrinking world of ours, wildlife needs our helping hands. Why not, we've been taking from this planet for thousands of years. It's time we give back.

We've stripped, poisoned and treated our planet like a commodity. Now it's time to treat our earth like a community.

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Communities made up of several thousands of living plants and all of God's creatures.

One of earth's greatest natural and renewable resource is being wiped out.

100 acres of trees are lost every minute. Yet, for every 10 acres cut down, only three acres are being planted.

They are earth's natural air filter and help to purify the air and give us the oxygen we need.

They attract birds and several other life forms. Without them, we will continue to lose these wonders of nature.

They attract insects good and bad. These same insects however, feed the birds and some pollinate the forest life that surrounds us. That includes shrubs and flowers as well.

Certain mammals call them home.

Certain butterflies need certain species as host plants.

Native oaks are host to more than 500 different species of Butterflies and moths.

These green giants offer birds as a place to nest and for protection from predators and the elements.

They attract birds with food or mast.

Mast is, seeds, fruits and nuts that trees provide as food.

Where you live depends on what plantings will attract what birds in your area.

Part of the fun is learning what grows in your specific area. You can do this by going to natural areas where you live.

A good nursery or garden center can assist you in this too.

Always look for a guarantee of at least one year.

Remember, you want add natives to your area if possible.

Certain birds have certain needs and the plant life around you will dictate the birds you have.

Native fruits provide certain elements some birds need for coloration.

Native plants are more resistant to drought and certain diseases.

If you have a small yard, look for a dwarf or one that is columnar or fastigiate in shape.

Several species are small altogether.

Dwarfs are small versions of a certain species, often grafted on to a different root stock.

Look for newer hybrids and cultivars that are disease resistant.

Columnar or fastigiate refers to the shape.

A typical Sugar maple may grow to 50/70 feet tall and have a 45 foot spread.

A columnar or fastigiate variety doesn't grow as tall and may only get 15 feet wide.

The same species, but caused by a genetic oops.

For a few dollars more, you can still have that pine, oak, or maple growing in a limited space.

These giants attract birds with seeds, nuts, protection and a place to raise a family.

Different birds co-exist in the same "Green Condo" because they have different needs.

They nest at different times or at different levels of the tree. One bird prefers insects while the other eats fruits.

Dead trees or "snags" attract birds.

Woodpeckers and other birds nest in cavities of these snags.

White Pines

The giants attract birds as flyways and a place to rest.

They offer a home to honey bees, and small mammals.

Not to mention they improve the air we breathe and work as buffer zones.

Though several species have been introduced to North

America,from Europe, Asia and all parts of the globe it is always best to plant natives.

These giants of the landscape also do a pretty good job of offering shade for a cool spot and the fall colors aren't bad either.

Though several species cross regions, major regions have their own specialized species and other plant life.

One Last Thought:

Studies show, native insects rarely eat nonnative plants. They don't have the enzymes required to digest the leaves of exotics. When invasive aliens obliterate native plants, insects and other wildlife lose their food sources and their numbers drop.

Since many birds feed insects or eat berries and feed insects and insect larvae to their young,............when insects and native foods decline, so do the birds.

Here is a small selection that attract birds and other wildlife in your region.

Trees of Northeast and Great Lakes


Prairies and Great Plains

Deserts and Southwest

Mountains and Basins

Pacific Coast


Emerald Ash Borers (EAB), Protect Your Prize

Zone Hardy Map

'DIY Tips for the Do It Yourself Person'


Choose the Right Feeders

Choose the Right Bird Feed Offer Fresh Water

Shrubs for Nesting and Food

Native Grasses

Native Vines

Native Flowers for You and Your Wildlife

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You are now well on your way to your own wildlife haven.

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