Bird-friendly gardens are a sight to see. By replacing sod with a diversity of locally adapted, bird-friendly plants, they add vibrance to communities while providing habitat for birds and other wildlife. If you’re considering planting your own bird-friendly garden or looking for ways to spruce up an existing one, it can be helpful to see gardens that other people have created. For that reason, Audubon Rockies has worked with businesses, municipalities, and HOAs to create publicly accessible demonstration gardens. To help people access them, students taking "Practicing Sustainability" at Colorado State University helped us create this self-guided tour of demonstration gardens in northern Colorado!
Using the StoryMap below, you can preview what these gardens have to offer. For the best viewing experience on desktop computers, view the StoryMap in full screen. To explore the StoryMap, click on the garden images at the bottom of the screen, or on the arrow that appears when you hover your cursor over the large image on the top right of the map.
To explore the StoryMap on phones and tablets, swipe left on the gray box at the bottom of the map. To enlarge the garden photos, tap on the gray box. To return to the map, tap Map at the top.
You can also zoom in and out and scroll around the map manually on both computers and mobile devices.
To take an in-person self-guided tour, you can download and print this brochure and use this map to navigate. And if you do visit these gardens, tag @audubonrockies on social media to share what you find!
Created with help from Colorado State University students and support from Larimer County Open Space Sales Tax Dollars.