Daily Archives: February 22, 2018

Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: Why We Need Plants for Birds

Cedar Waxwing Dining on Serviceberries
Credit: Jim Macaluso

Ok, so I know that March is just a week away and we are all beginning to think spring, perhaps maybe a little premature. We most likely are still in for some freezing temperatures and maybe even a few more snow days. But I am definitely sure that it is not too early for us to be thinking about the most significant part of a bird’s habitat, and for that matter any wildlife: the native plants.

Native plants are the foundation of any vital and  healthy wildlife habitat. Our native plants provide  the seeds, fruit, nuts, and even the insects that our birds need to live, survive and thrive through the winter and into migration. And especially through the most critical time, nesting season. This is when the plants  will  also provide the high protein and high fat that birds feed their young, more specifically the insect life that is produced from native plants .

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