The best way to create a bird garden is to provide birds with what they need: shelter, food, water, and places to nest. Shelter: Birds need shelter to protect them from predators and the elements. In the winter, they need protection from the snow, and during the year they seek refuge from heavy rains, winds, […]
Did you know Monarda spp., also commonly known as beebalm, is a magnet for bumble bees, Bombus spp., in our ecoregion 231? Read on. Name: Monarda spp. Common: Bee Balm Zones: Reseeding annual Size: 4 feet tall Conditions: Sun to part shade, average to dry Attracts: In ecoregion 231, the lavender-flowered wild bergamot, Monarda fistulas and the red-flowered, Monarda didyma. […]
Here’s a quick guide to identifying the nests of some of the most likely species you’ll find in your bluebird nest box: Bluebirds: cup nest made of fine grasses and sometimes pine needles; eggs pale blue (rarely pure white.) Tree swallow: cup nest of dried grass, always lined with feathers; eggs pure white. House wren: […]
A number of good designs are available, but remember that you must be able to open the box for routine nest checks and maintenance. If you’re building your own, check with the North American Bluebird Society, for dimensions, and be sure to use a durable wood, such as cedar.
Bluebirds prefer open to semi-open areas. They feed mainly on insects, often watching from a low perch and then fluttering down to take bugs from the ground. A wide expanse of open, chemical-free lawn provides ideal habitat. A very small yard or one with little or no open space will probably not be suitable for […]
Bluebirds prefer open areas with low grass and perches from which they can hunt insects. Dead trees provide important nesting and roosting sites for bluebirds and a whole host of other cavity-nesting birds. Leave dead trees standing (or leave dead limbs on live trees) when it’s safe to do so. In winter, bluebirds add berries […]
Bee Better gardeners know the value of planting, Pawpaw, Asimina triloba. The leaves of the Pawpaw plant is the only host plant for the Zebra Swallowtail butterfly, Eurytides marcellus. The fruit is edible and tasty. This alone is reason enough to grow Pawpaw, but in a Bee Better garden, we want to provide as many host plants […]