Right plants, trees can at­tract birds

Dayton Daily News - - LOCALFOCUS - STAFF RE­PORT

At­tract a va­ri­ety of birds to your yard by plant­ing suit­able trees and shrubs. The ben­e­fits are for you and the birds. Plant­ing trees of dif­fer­ent types, sizes and forms en­cour­ages bird di­ver­sity. Try to in­clude main for­est ‘lay­ers’, Top, Mid and Lower tiers, in your yard. The Mont­gomery Soil & Wa­ter Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict (SWCD) Tree & Plant sale of­fers trees in all these cat­e­gories to help you pro­vide for your fa­vorite new neigh­bors.

Top Tier trees in­clude tall-grow­ing species like oak, hick­ory and maple as well as pine, spruce and cedar. These pro­vide food, shel­ter and nest­ing sites to birds such as Scar­let Tan­agers, White­breasted Nuthatches and Bal­ti­more Ori­oles. Mid Tier trees such as ser­vice­berry and dog­wood at­tract Wood Thrushes for their fruit and as nest­ing sites. In the Lower tier, north­ern bay­berry and creep­ing ju­niper at­tract Tree Swal­lows and Eastern Blue­birds. As you plan your tree ar­range­ment, leave some clear spa­ces be­tween the trees to en­cour­age birds such as Amer­i­can Robin who need open habi­tats.

Con­tact Kris­ten Lauer at LauerK@mco­hio.org or 937-854-7645 ext. 0521 with ques­tions. Go to www.Mont­gomerySWCD.org for links to both a print­able or­der form and an on­line or­der form.

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