National Bird Day was January 5th. A holiday dedicated to bird watching, bird adoptions, and protecting threatened bird species. We may be a couple days late but we here at Seedlings Gardenings wanted to discuss a few reasons why Birds play an elemental and positive role in your garden and your life, year round.
- Birds are a better source of pest control than most companies I have seen, and they won’t involve harmful pesticides. Many insects from aphids, spiders and mosquitoes, to caterpillars and snails are on the menu for our avian friends.
- They are efficient pollinators. Nectar-sippers such as Hummingbirds and Orioles flock to vibrant flower garden blooms, helping give an extra boost to your blossoms, which in turn creates more blossoms which equates to more bird visits.
- Our avian friends are weed fighters. Finches, towhees, and sparrows consume mass quantities of seeds, mostly those of weeds, helping prevent germination of unwanted plants. In turn, planting seed-producing flowers for your feathered friends gives them a natural food source that encourages visits, without extra visits to the grocery or pet stores.
- They are also helpful decorators. producing bird-friendly landscapes typically make use of native plants that are drought tolerant, therefore cutting costs on both your wallet, and our water table. These plants are also more capable of withstanding our zone’s harsher weather, such as freezes, and rain-less months. This landscape in turn can mean higher property values for the homeowner. Well-maintained, native appropriate landscaping that attracts birds and butterflies has typically a better curb appeal, and shows a good investment in home sales.
- But most importantly, and in keeping with National Bird Day, observing backyard birds can give the homeowner and their family a unique opportunity to study their local wildlife, with events such as migration, seasonal plumage changes, courtship behaviour, nesting, and parental roles. In our continually diminishing wildlife habitats, introducing private backyard sanctuaries provides a critical preserve for local species, and migrating visitors.