Butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa).
Butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa).
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Habitat Hero Resources

Tools and information for creating a bird-friendly garden.
Butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa). Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
Butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa). Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
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Habitat Hero Resources

Tools and information for creating a bird-friendly garden.

Want to create a bird-friendly garden with native plants or improve your existing one? Follow these five steps and browse the following resources to get started! Have a valuable resource you want to share with us? Contact Jamie Weiss, Habitat Hero Coordinator at jweiss@audubon.org or (970) 416-6931.

Step 1:  Learn About the Benefits of Native Plants

Native plants provide food and shelter for local birds and wildlife. They require less water and fewer chemicals to maintain, which makes them better for the environment. And of course, they're beautiful! 

Why Native Plants Are Better for Birds and People
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Why Native Plants Are Better for Birds and People

Bird-friendly landscaping provides food, saves water, and fights climate change.

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Bird-Friendly Plants FAQ
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Bird-Friendly Plants FAQ

Got questions? We have answers.

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How to Make Your Yard Bird-Friendly
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How to Make Your Yard Bird-Friendly

Grow a beautiful garden that provides a safe haven for birds in the face of climate change.

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Step 2: Find Native Plants

Find plants that are native to your zip code using Audubon's Native Plants Database. By selecting plants that are adapted to your local climate, you'll minimize or eliminate the need for water, fertilizers, and pesticides. Browse our partners' lists below for more ideas.

Additional Native Plant Lists

Step 3: Design Your Habitat Hero Garden

You now know which plants are native to your area; the next step is to figure out how to plant them in a way that maximizes their vitality and benefit to wildlife.

So You Have Your List of Native Plants. Now What?
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So You Have Your List of Native Plants. Now What?

Doing a little prep and research before you go to the nursery will save headaches and ensure you build the best habitat possible.

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Bird-friendly Garden Designs
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Bird-friendly Garden Designs

Download these free designs to create bird habitat in your garden.

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Plan a Habitat Hero Garden
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Plan a Habitat Hero Garden

Detailed, step-by-step, instructions for planning a Habitat Hero garden.

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Step 4: Purchase and Plant Native Plants

Find Plants

Native Plant Retailers

Find a recommended garden center or nursery with native plants near you.

Step 5: Certify Your Habitat Hero Garden 

Step 6: Expand Your Impact

Once you have a passion for bird-friendly gardening, you can expand your impact by sharing it with others. Birds and other wildlife need us to make a cultural shift in the way we treat our lawns and gardens. Informing your community about the benefits of native plants is one of the most powerful actions you can take.

Inspire Others

Wildscape Ambassadors
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Wildscape Ambassadors

Volunteer to promote bird-friendly gardens in your community.

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Making Seed Balls to Help Birds
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Making Seed Balls to Help Birds

With this simple DIY, you can spread the power of native plants far and wide.

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Pollinator Pals
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Pollinator Pals

A Habitat Hero educational coloring book.

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To conserve birds, we need to understand what they need and how their populations are changing, and for that we need data. You can help Audubon study and conserve birds in your own backyard or community as a community scientist. It’s easy, impactful, and fun!

Become a Community Scientist

Hummingbirds at Home
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Hummingbirds at Home

Collect data to help hummingbirds

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The Great Backyard Bird Count
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The Great Backyard Bird Count

Every February, count birds in your own backyard to help expand our understanding of birds.

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Additional Resources

Habitat Hero Recommended Readings
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Habitat Hero Recommended Readings

Recommended literature to help you plant a bird-friendly garden.

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Habitat Hero Instructional Videos
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Habitat Hero Instructional Videos

Videos and webinars to help you become a bird-friendly gardener

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Example Gardens
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Example Gardens

Explore this map of certified Habitat Hero gardens.

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How you can help, right now