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GARDENING FOR BIRDS

GARDENING FOR BIRDS – Attracting Birds to the Garden

BY JANE BRANDT

Birds visit the garden in search of food, water, and shelter.  When enticing birds to the garden, give them a safe cat-free environment.  Fruits, seeds, and insects on the plants and on the ground offer food for the birds.  Keep the garden pesticide free and consider adding native plants.

A few native shrubs to consider for flowers and fruit:  Mahonia (Berberis); Aquifolium (tall); Mahonia nervosa (2 ft.); Mahonia repens (10-14 in.); Lonicera involucrate (Twinberry) and Ribes sanguineum (Red Flowering Currant).

A good online resource for PNW native plant information is the wildlife habitat section at www.nwplants.com.

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Skagit Audubon Society holds monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month except for the months of July and August. We meet at 7:00 pm at Padilla Bay Interpretive Center(Google map), 10441 Bayview-Edison Rd. Mount Vernon. Meetings are open to all.

The board of directors meets at the same location at 7:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month, except for the months of July and August.