In Baltimore City, there are few green oases for migrating birds to rest and feed on their long journeys. With the help of expert volunteers, Audubon has observed over 200 species of birds in Patterson Park, with over 40 of those species using the park to breed and raise their young. Our habitat gardens in the park are filled with a diversity of Mid-Atlantic native plants which serve as hosts for insects – birds’ favorite food - as well as provide essential seeds, berries, nectar, shelter, water, and places to raise their young.
Did you know 96% of terrestrial bird species eat insects? Did you also know you can create wildlife habitat in and around your own home, school, business, and public spaces? Whether you have a backyard or a balcony, a rooftop deck or a window box, or an entire community park, you can join Audubon to gain the knowledge and tools needed to plan your own wildlife sanctuary - AND, those with gardens in Maryland and DC can brag to your neighbors with your very own Audubon Bird-Friendly Habitat recognition sign!
Ways to Take Action
1. Volunteer with Audubon's Habitat Team restoring native habitat in Patterson Park.
2. Purchase native plants from area nurseries (see downloadable list below).
4. Use the downloadable resources below to start planning your bird-friendly garden, no matter how small or paved.
5. Apply for an Audubon Bird-Friendly Habitat sign for your home, school, business, or community garden, so you can spread the word to your neighbors!
Create Bird-Friendly Habitat
Learn how to share your space with birds and biodiversity by creating bird-friendly habitat at home, work, school, and in your community.