We are part of the solution. Our residential, recreational, and cultural landscapes can provide critical food and shelter needed to restore the bird population. We can stop being the problem simply by changing the way we garden.
Planting more native plants and eliminating pesticides will make more food for birds. Birds need at least 70 percent (two-thirds) native plants within foraging range to maintain healthy population levels 2.
The typical American lawn is an ecological dead zone. If we convert half our 40 million acres of lawn to native plants, we could play a major role in boosting the abundance of beneficial insects that birds depend on. If all our yards, parks, and campuses commit to two-thirds native and pesticide-free, they will eventually connect and create life filled corridors of habitat 2.
Aim to increase native plants in your landscape by planting two natives for every three, and encourage your neighbor to do the same; this simple action could be a life saver for birds, biodiversity, and ourselves.