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Gardening for Birds

Florida yards often attract a wide range of native birds. How you landscape and maintain your yard can make a difference for bird conservation and the environment. Plant trees and dense shrubs that can provide nesting areas and shelter when storms or predators threaten our winged friends.

You can provide food for birds by planting species with berries, seeds, and fruits and filling your bird feeders with high quality seed. Make sure your bird feeders protect the seed from rain, minimize spillage, and are easy to see from the air. And keep them at least fifteen feet away from vegetation to thwart cats and creative, determined squirrels.

If you can, always try to have a clean source of water for birds to drink and bathe in.


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