Benefits of Landscaping for Birds
At least ten benefits can be derived from landscaping to attract birds to your yard.
1) Increased Wildlife Populations
You can probably double the number of bird species using your property with a good landscaping plan.
2) Energy Conservation
By carefully arranging your conifer and hardwood trees, you can lower winter heating and summer cooling bills for your house.
3) Soil Conservation
Certain landscape plants can prevent Soil erosion.
4) Natural Beauty
A good landscaping plan will contribute to a beautiful, natural setting around your home that is pleasing to people as well as birds.
5) Wildlife Photography
Wildlife photography is a wonderful hobby for people of all ages.
A fun hobby is to keep a list of all the birds seen in your yard or from your yard. Some people have counted over 190 species of birds in their yard!
7) Natural Insect Control
Birds such as tree swallows, house wrens, brown thrashers, and orioles eat a variety of insects.
8) Food Production
Some plants that attract wildlife are also appealing to people. Cherries, chokecherries, strawberries, and crabapples can be shared by people and wildlife.
9) Property Value
A good landscaping plan can greatly increase the value of your property by adding natural beauty and an abundance of wildlife.
10) Habitat for Kids
Some of the best wildlife habitats are the best "habitats" for young people to discover the wonders of nature. A backyard habitat can stimulate young people to develop a lifelong interest in wildlife and conservation.
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This article was written by the DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE