To enhance your birdwatching experience, consider planting a variety of native wildflowers and grasses alongside existing birdfeeders. Many of Indiana’s native trees and shrubs have beautiful flowers that host a variety of insect species. Not only do these native plants host a plethora of native insects, but standing vegetation throughout the year provides valuable nesting material for birds. Planting trees, flowers, and grasses in your yard can not only help attract birds and beautify your yard, but also cut down on time and resources spent mowing and maintaining turf grass.
Juvenile blue jay courtesy of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service