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100 Plants to Feed the Birds is a wonderful gardening and landscape design resource book by Laura Erickson

100 Plants to Feed the Birds: Turn Your Home Garden into a Healthy Bird Habitat by Laura Erickson
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

100 Plants to Feed the Birds: Turn Your Home Garden into a Healthy Bird Habitat is a wonderful gardening and landscape design resource book by Laura Erickson. The eBook version is around 256 pages and has tons of full-color photos of various birds and plants.

The book is separated into two parts. Part one details how to create a good habitat in your home garden for local birds. Erickson notes that though over 50 million North Americans feed birds, the suet, sugar water, and birdseed they provide doesn’t actually offer a complete and balanced diet for any of them.

Locally native plants are very important to add to home landscaping in order to help support American birds. These plants are great for overall bird welfare, as they can produce seeds, fruits, nectar, and other essential foods for our feathered friends (like insects that birds need for protein). They can also provide nesting materials as well as roosting and nesting sites. There are quite a few pages noting how important it is to avoid non-native and invasive plants.

The second part of the book is a lot bigger than part one, and details the eponymous 100 plants that support birds that were mentioned in the title. These plants are separated by type: coniferous trees, broadleaf trees, grasses, herbaceous plants, miscellaneous plants (like lichen), shrubs, vines, and cactus and yuccas. Each plant is detailed over several pages, including many images, their uses, what conditions they prefer, their most useful seasons, their colors, their maximum height, and a map with their native range.

In the back of the book, there is a chart of favorite plants of common North American birds. There are also further resources like a chart of North American native plant societies, a glossary of terms, and an index.

Special thanks to Storey Publishing and NetGalley for providing an eARC of this book for me to review. All opinions contained herein are my own.

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