Wood Thrush Conservation


Fall 2017 Wood Thrush Plant Sales



Chattahoochee Nature Center, September 29 and 30


Atlanta Audubon is piloting a Wood Thrush Plant Sale in partnership with the horticulturists at Chattahoochee Nature Center to allow you to purchase these native plants. To learn more about these plant species, click on the link below for our information sheet. Our efforts will also help contribute to National Audubon’s Plants for Birds initiative to grow one million native plants for birds across the country.


Pre-order the following one-gallon container plants online and pick them up during Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Fall Native Plant Sale on Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30.  There are limited quantities of each, so order now!


Beautyberry: $10.89/container - 3 left

Elderberry: $10.89/container - 13 left

Serviceberry: $10.89/container - 5 left

Hearts-a-Bustin’: $10.89/container - SOLD OUT

Silky Dogwood: $10.89/container - 9 left

Spicebush—SPECIAL just for Atlanta Audubon: $13.07/container - 7 left


All prices include sales tax.







Georgia Native Plant Society Native Plant Sale


Saturday, September 239 AM to 2:30 PM at Stone Mountain Park


Atlanta Audubon is partnering with the Georgia Native Plant Society (GNPS) on their annual Fall Native Plant Sale. During the sale, Atlanta Audubon will be handing out information on bird-friendly plants that attract Wood Thrush and other climate-threatened bird species. During the sale, Atlanta Audubon volunteers will be providing samples of our Cafe Campesino coffee blend, a shade-grown variety, that help protect bird habitat in South America, where the Wood Thrush and other migratory birds spend the winter months. For more information, visit the GNPS website




Woodlands Garden Fall Plant Sale begins September 17


Sundays this fall will be a chance for visitors to add to their own garden with Woodlands Garden’s Fall Plant Sale. The fundraiser allows visitors to enjoy some shopping while helping out their local community.


The sale will run every Sunday from September 17th to October 15th from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM and will include plants that have been grown by volunteers, native plants cultivated at the Garden, and those donated by local nurseries. This year’s Fall Plant Sale will have the most diverse selection of plants that the volunteer-led Plant Sale Committee has been able to offer, including trees, shrubs, perennials, groundcovers, and houseplants.


Each Sunday of the Fall Plant Sale will offer a great selection of plants, gardening experts to assist with any questions, and hands-on demonstrations.


About the Wood Thrush


If you've spent any time birding in Georgia, you've almost certainly heard the flute-like call of the Wood Thrush. During the spring and summer months, the Wood Thrush breeds in deciduous and mixed forests in the eastern U.S. where there are large trees, moderate understory, shade, and abundant leaf litter for foraging. Each fall, they migrate to the lowland tropical forests in Central America where they spend the winter. 


You may also have noticed that the Wood Thrush's ethereal 'eee-oh-lay' song has been disappearing from Georgia's forest over the past several decades. Named on the 2015 Watch List by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative, the Wood Thrush faces multiple threats including building collisions, habitat degradation, and climate change. 


In an effort to reverse these declines, Atlanta Audubon has named the Wood Thrush as its 2017-18 target species. In the coming years, we will be promoting and implementing tangible actions to preserve the Wood Thrush’s habitat, both locally and internationally. 


Plant Native for Birds


One of the most important steps homeowners can take is to plant native plant species that provide food for the Wood Thrush and other birds. Wood Thrush feed primarily on inverterbrates found in the leaf litter and on fruits from shrubs. Wood Thrush are not feeder birds, so the best way to attract them to your landscape is to add native plant species that attract these birds. Some examples of Georgia native plants that attract Wood Thrush include:


BeautyberryCallicarpa americana, is a loose open shrub valued for its spectacular fruits. The relatively insignificant flowers develop into prolific bright violet to magenta berry-like drupes, which encircle the stem. These fruits remain attractive for a long time although they are ge

nerally gone before severe winter weather.


Elderberry, Sambucus spp., is a versatile plant that has been used to make dye and medicine by people across the United States, as well as being a showy shrub for the landscape. Birds that love them: Its bright dark blue fruits (which we use for jam) provide food for many birds, including the Brown Thrasher and Red-eyed Vireo, and dozens of other birds.


Hearts-a-Bustin’Euonymus americanus, typically grows 2 -6’ tall and has an inconspicuous flower with 5 greenish-yellow petals. The fruit is a warty, red capsule that splits when ripe and exposes 4-5 orange seeds that is very popular with birds. Prefers shade to partial shade.  


ServiceberryAmelanchier arborea, is a deciduous, early-flowering, large shrub or small tree which typically grows 15-25' tall in cultivation. Spring flowers give way to small, round green berries, which turn red and finally mature to a dark purplish-black in early summer. Edible berries resemble blueberries in size and color and are popular with birds and other wildlife. 


Silky DogwoodCornus amomum, is a medium-sized deciduous shrub that typically grows 6-12’ tall. Tiny yellowish-white flowers in flat-topped clusters bloom in late spring to early summer. Flowers give way to attractive berry-like drupes that change from white to blue as they ripen in late summer. Birds are attracted to the fruit.


Spicebush, Lindera benzoin, is a native deciduous shrub with a broad, rounded habit which typically grows 6-12' high. Clusters of tiny, aromatic, flowers bloom along the branches in early spring before the foliage emerges. Female plants need a male pollinator in order to set fruit. The larva (caterpillar) of the spicebush swallowtail butterfly feeds on the leaves of this shrub.