Plants for Birds

We know that where birds thrive, people prosper. And in order for birds to thrive, they need quality food and shelter in their habitats. As people build new homes and businesses, vital habitats are disappearing. But there’s something that we all can do to help—restoring habitat by planting native plants in your backyard will support birds, butterflies, beneficial insects, and other wildlife. Each patch of restored native habitat is just that—a pocket of habitat in the frayed fabric of the ecosystem in which it lies. By landscaping with native plants, we can turn a patchwork of green spaces into a quilt of restored habitat.

Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania is proud to be a partner in the Audubon Chapter Network’s Plants for Birds Initiative. The collaborative has a goal to plant one million native plants to create habitat for wildlife. 

We hope you'll take the time to visit the Plants for Birds website. There, you'll learn how even a small change can lead to a big difference in the lives of birds and other wildlife.

Did you know that we have our own native plant nursery? It's located at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve and opens for the 2018 season on May 12. We'll have plant bundles to attract Hummingbirds or Monarch Butterflies to your yard--or you can choose your own collection of plants. Our volunteers and staff are always willing to help you make native plant selections. You may purchase plants any time Audubon Nature store is open (Tues-Sat 9-5; Sunday 1-5) and ACNP volunteers are usually working at the center on Tuesdays in season if you have specific questions.

On May 12, opening day of the native plant nursery, all plants will be 10% off!

If you're ready to make a difference right now, ASWP’s Backyard Habitat Program is designed to connect residents with straightforward but significant ways to support biodiversity and improve our local environment. Interested in creating a Backyard Habitat? Audubon is here to help you along the way. Once you enroll in the program, Audubon staff will visit your yard to help you determine the best ways to create your Backyard Habitat.

Interested in being one of the first in Southwestern Pennsylvania with a certified Backyard Habitat? Contact Sarah at or call (412) 963-6100 to learn more. Interested in learning more on your own? Check out our 2018 Backyard Habitat workshop series!

Our Backyard Habitat programs are an Audubon at Home initiative. We're holding a Backyard Habitat Workshop Series: April 28, May 26, June 23, July 28, and September 22. Check out our calendar to learn more and to register!

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