Attracting More Birds

….Compliments of Wild Birds Forever

Attracting the widest variety of wild birds to your own backyard can be very rewarding if you follow some basic guidelines. There are four (4) elements to offer in your backyard to ensure numerous and frequent visits by wild birds:


To attract the widest variety of wild birds, you should consider placing a wide variety of bird feeders and food around your backyard. Consider different types of feeding stations such as a platform feeder for ground feeding birds, hanging feeders for perching birds and suet feeders for insect eating birds. Visit our North American Bird Feeding Chart to learn which type of food the birds you want to attract prefer.


Wild birds feel more secure if they have shelter to protect themselves from the elements and predators. Trees and large shrubs are welcome as places to raise and protect their young. Consider offering nesting boxes and nesting materials in the Spring for the specific species of birds you want to attract. Plant native trees and shrubs that provide cover to attract birds.


Probably one of the single most important elements to include in your backyard bird habitat is water. The noisier the better. The sound of moving water is magnetic to most wild birds and will draw them from greater distances for a cool drink or bath. A mister, dripper, or circulating pump added to a bird bath or pool of fresh water can add just the right sound to attract wild birds.


Wild birds live in a great variety of habitats. The greater variety or diversity that you create in your backyard can attract more species of wild birds. Offer food, water and nest sites at all levels including:

  1. grass or ground cover (2″ to 1′)
  2. shrubs (2′ to 5′)
  3. small trees (5′ to 15′)
  4. tall trees (15′ to 40′)

Also consider plants and foliage that produce berries, seeds, fruits, nuts, sap and nectar for year round food, as well as to provide nesting materials.

Shrubs and trees should be selected that are dense enough to support nests, but so birds can move freely among the branches to escape from predators. Of all the trees and shrubs to select from, your best investment is an evergreen.

Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program

If you really want to get serious about a backyard habitat, get involved with the National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat Program. It officially acknowledges the efforts of people who garden for wildlife.
National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat Program
8925 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22184-0001

If you qualify, you will receive a personal registration certificate, registration number and be placed in their national register of backyard wildlife habitats.

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