The welfare of birds is intimately linked to the quality of food and shelter found in their habitats. As urbanization increases and natural habitats disappear, native plants can go a long way to restoring the habitats birds need. Atlanta Audubon Society is excited to be a partner in the Plants for Birds Initiative in the Audubon Chapter Network. The goal of the Plants for Birds Initiative is to plant 1 million native plants to create habitat for birds, bees, butterflies, and other wildlife.
The Plants for Birds website contains many unique resources to help you determine what native plants will work best in your yard, including numerous articles and videos to help you create an oasis for wildlife in your own yard. Click the link below to visit the site.
In addition to partnering with National Audubon on the Plants for Birds Initiative, Atlanta Audubon conducts it's own species-specific campaigns to help Georgia bird species that are struggling.
Beginning in 2015, Atlanta Audubon launched a campaign called 90 Nest Boxes for Nuthatches to support habitat-threatened populations of one of Georgia’s endemic and most endearing songbirds, the Brown-headed Nuthatch. Over the past two years, Atlanta Audubon members and partners smashed that original goal helping to distribute more than 300 nest boxes across the metro-Atlanta area to create much-needed habitat for this species.
In 2017, Atlanta Audubon is launching a new species-specific campaign on the Wood Thrush. This focal species is named on the 2015 Watch List by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative. It faces multiple threats including building collisions, habitat degradation, and climate change. We’ve all noticed their ethereal song disappearing from Georgia’s forests over several decades. Over the next year, we’ll promote and implement tangible actions to preserve the Wood Thrush’s habitat, both locally and internationally.
Among the plants the list of native Georgia plant species that attract Wood Thrush are American beautyberry, spicebush, Virginia creeper, American holly, pokeweed, black cherry, devils walkingstick, black gum, blueberry, and magnolia.
Look for more information on the Atlanta Audubon webpage in 2017 about specific ways you can help the Wood Thrush and other native Georgia birds.