Climate

Plants For Birds

Nectar-slurpers love the bright flowers of this native coral bean. Photo: Will Stuart

Habitat for South Carolina’s birds is shrinking and shifting due to climate change.  Shrinking habitat is an obvious threat.  But even a shift can prove hazardous, eliminating food sources and/or introducing birds to new predators.  Sadly, many of our state’s birds will soon be looking for safe places to go. 

Safe “climate strongholds” for these birds include not just natural forests and wetlands, but anyplace landscaped with native plants.  That’s because native plants provide just the right smorgasbord of insects, flowers, and berries to help climate-stressed birds survive.

So how about . . . your backyard?  Cities and suburbs now cover 10 to 15 percent of South Carolina, and that number is growing.  In urban and suburban areas, more than 80 percent of plants are currently exotic species.  So if homeowners, developers, and landscapers statewide decided to “go native,” we could ensure the survival of literally millions of birds.

So let’s get started . . . yesterday!  Check out the beautiful plants that are native to your area.  Investigate South Carolina’s native nurseries.  And please share your contact information so we can be in touch.

PROJECT CONTACT:  Heather Hulton VanTassel