Make Your Backyard a Habitat for Birds
Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. We have all been worried about effects of the flood on people’s houses, their businesses, and their farmland. And those concerns are still legitimate and needing redress. But one area where we as individuals can help is to increase our support for birds this winter as they, too, have seen their opportunities for food and shelter disrupted by the habitat destroyed during the floods and excessive rains. Clemson Professor Dr. Drew Lanham, who teaches non-game wildlife ecology and management, has an encouraging factsheet easily found if you google Clemson hgic 1700. Titled “Attracting and Feeding Songbirds, a Primer in Backyard Songbird Conservation,” reminds us that making our yards resemble a backyard wilderness can be attractive, bring a greater variety of birds to our landscape for us to enjoy watching, and serve as a refuge in an increasing inhospitable urban environment.