Right plants, trees can attract birds
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.