‘Attracting Birds with Native Plants’ at Burpee Museum March 15

Staff Report

The beauty and diversity of ornamental and native plants in their yards can increase people’s enjoyment and satisfaction by providing homes, food and shelter for a variety of birds. Lee G. Johnson will present a program, “Attracting Birds with Native Plants,” at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 15, at the Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St., Rockford. The program will describe how to attract various species of birds to your yard, or acreage, by providing an environment that gives them food and shelter.

Johnson will describe specific native plants that provide places for birds to nest and find food, as well as plants that attract insects, which, in turn, attract birds. Besides talking about plants, he will share other ways to attract birds by providing supplemental food, water and nesting facilities. He will describe the different habitat requirements for attracting certain types of birds. Birds are constantly looking for suitable habitat … if you provide it, you may be surprised by what you see!

Lee G. Johnson is the retired director of Burpee Museum of Natural History and the founder of Sand Bluff Bird Observatory.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Terry Mohaupt at (815) 399-8432 or e-mail mohaupt@comcast.net.

From the March 14-20, 2012, issue

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