Turn your backyard into a welcoming place for birds! You’ll bring countless hours of joy and beauty into your daily life. And in today’s world of dwindling open spaces, backyards can provide key habitat to help birds survive and thrive.

Golden Gate Bird Alliance is delighted to release an updated version of our Inviting Wildlife Into Your Backyard brochure — new editions for San Francisco, the East Bay, and in Spanish. Click to download:

The brochure provides resources and tips for wildlife-friendly gardens, as well as a list of local nurseries that specialize in native plants.

Meanwhile, National Audubon Society has just rolled out an impressive new web site focused on bird-friendly gardens: Plants for Birds. They offer a searchable database of locally native plants and the birds they attract, as well as advice about gardens as habitat.

San Francisco’s Department of the Environment has a good website on planting for pollinators — birds, bees, and butterflies. See sfenvironment.org/article/protect-our-local-pollinators.

Have you already created a garden that attracts lots of birds? Tell us what you’ve done! We can share it with other GGBA members on our blog. Email Ilana at idebare@goldengatebirdalliance.org.

Allen's Hummingbird by Bob Gunderson
Allen’s Hummingbird by Bob Gunderson