Why go native?

 

Unless we modify the places we live, work and play to meet not only our own needs but the needs of other species as well, nearly all species of wildlife native to the United States will disappear forever. This is not speculation.Dr. Doug Tallamy

 

Hear from Dr. Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, why landscaping with native plants is the sustainable choice for birds, insects, and people.

 

What to plant

When deciding to use native plants in your bird-friendly yard, there are several elements to consider:

 

Plants

Looking for a plant list?

 

Where to purchase

Michigan Native Plant Producers Association Members

Designs by Nature, Laingsburg, MI. Email: designsbynature@hotmail.com

Michigan Wildflower Farm, Portland, MI

Native Connections, Three Rivers, MI

Native Plant Nursery, Ann Arbor, MI

Van Atta’s Garden Center, Haslett, MI

Wildtype Native Nursery, Mason MI

Many local Conservation Districts offer spring tree, shrub, and plant sales

Do you grow or landscape with native plants? Contact us if you’d like to be featured in our list.

Resources

Books

 

Bringing Nature Home
A field guide to invasive plants
Landscaping with Native Plants
Bird Gardening Book

Bringing Nature Home by Douglas W. Tallamy
A Field Identification Guide to Invasive Plants in Michigan’s Natural Communities by Michigan Natural Features Inventory
Landscaping with Native Plants of Michigan by Lynn M. Steiner
Stokes Bird Gardening Book: The Complete Guide to Creating a Bird-Friendly Habitat in Your Backyard by Donald and Lillian Stokes

Local Organizations

NMISN
Stewardship Network
WIld Ones Logo
Saving Birds Thru Habitat

Websites

Bringing Nature Home

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, University of Texas at Austin

Michigan Flora, University of Michigan Herbarium

NestWatch by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Prairie Nursery’s Pre-planned Songbird Gardens provide design inspiration (but please buy local!)

YardMap by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology