Hear from Dr. Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, why landscaping with native plants is the sustainable choice for birds, insects, and people.
When deciding to use native plants in your bird-friendly yard, there are several elements to consider:
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Looking for landscape design ideas?
Booklets are available for a suggested donation of $2. You can request copies of these booklets by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also share the links to the pdfs or request a print-ready file that can be used by a professional printer.
Native Plant Growers & Seed Producers:
Designs by Nature, Laingsburg, MI. Email: email@example.com
Michigan Wildflower Farm, Portland, MI
Native Connections, Three Rivers, MI
Native Plant Nursery, Ann Arbor, 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.
Nurseries Providing Native Stock:
The following nurseries are partners in Michigan Audubon’s Native Plants for Birds program. These nurseries sell both ornamental and Michigan native plants, which are identified with Michigan Audubon’s “I’m Local!” pot tags. Look for the “I’m Local!” pot tags at the following nurseries and support their efforts to bring native plants into an ornamental-dominated market. We thank these partners for working to change traditional gardening ideals — our gardens can be both beautiful and ecologically functional!
Specialty Growers, Howell, MI
Van Atta’s Garden Center, Haslett, MI
Do you own a nursery that offers native plants? Contact us if you’d like to learn more about becoming a program partner.
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
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