Native Plants Database

Planting native plants in your garden can have numerous benefits for birds and other wildlife, creating a thriving ecosystem that supports biodiversity. Native plants have evolved alongside local wildlife over centuries, forming ecological relationships that are crucial for the survival of many species. One significant advantage is that native plants provide a natural and sustainable food source for birds, attracting them with fruits, seeds, nectar, and insects that have co-evolved with these plants. This is particularly important during critical times such as migration, nesting, and winter, enhancing the overall health and resilience of bird populations.

Furthermore, native plants offer essential habitat and shelter for a variety of wildlife. The structure of native vegetation provides safe nesting sites for birds, while the leaves, branches, and understory create hiding places for insects, amphibians, and small mammals. This natural habitat complexity also supports a diverse range of microorganisms, contributing to healthy soil and promoting nutrient cycling. By cultivating a garden with native plants, you are essentially creating a mini ecosystem that sustains a balanced web of life, fostering a healthier environment for birds and other wildlife to thrive. Overall, the use of native plants in landscaping is a powerful way to harmonize with the local ecosystem and contribute to the conservation of biodiversity.

Find native plants in your area on the National Audobon website.

Native Plants | Audubon

Broadleaf Lupines (Lupinus latifolus), Western Anenome seedheads (Anenome occidentalis) and Common Paintbrush (Castilleja miniata) in Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State, USA.