Gardening for the birds and wildlife
Winter is a good time to think about how to attract birds to your garden with a wildlife-friendly habitat.
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Another good resource is the Illinois Audubon Society, which has been working since 1897 to protect Illinois birds, wildlife, and habitats. In recent years, the Society purchased more than $2 million worth of land, mostly needed by threatened and endangered species. You can join the Illinois Audubon Society and receive its quarterly magazine and newsletter for $25 a year for an individual or $30 for a family. For more information, visit the website.Skip to next paragraph
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Editor's note: You may also be interested in these articles at Diggin' It about attracting birds to your garden with native plants:
These native plants attract birds to your winter garden
How to choose trees that will encourage birds to hang around your yard
A bird-friendly garden needs good shrubs
Annuals and perennials that attract birds to your yard
A year to celebrate rudbeckia and eggplant
The National Garden Bureau recently announced that 2008 is the Year of Rudbeckia and Eggplant. Rudbeckia (black-eyed Susans) are perennials that attract butterflies and other pollinators. They make great cut flowers and are very easy to start from seed. If the only eggplant you’ve tried is the giant, tough-skinned purple variety from the local produce section, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Many tender, long and narrow Asian varieties—some pure white or tinged with purple and white—can be grown from seed in pots or in the ground. For more information on selecting and growing rudbeckias and eggplants, visit the National Garden Bureau and click on “gardening.”
Nina Koziol gardens on a deer-infested acre southwest of Chicago where her beds and borders are designed for butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife. She teaches classes at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Find out more on her website, This Garden Cooks.