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Make Your Backyard a Habitat for Birds

Making It Grow Minute

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.

Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.