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.