Bird-Friendly Gardening

In 2015, Audubon North Carolina initiated its Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year Program to highlight native plants that specifically benefit birds, our environment, and our local economy. The program was created in response to the threat to birds from climate change.

You can make a positive difference!

As individuals, we can make a difference by simply making our yards more bird-friendly. Blue Ridge Audubon Chapter is partnering with local plant nurseries and growers to offer more bird-friendly native plants for local buyers seeking native plants for their backyards.

Why are native plants important?

In a word: insects. Almost all land birds require insects to feed their young. Even seed-eating birds must provide insects to their nestlings to ensure the survival of their offspring. Many native insects have co-evolved with native plant species and cannot adapt to eating non-native plants. Fewer native plants means fewer insects, which in turn means fewer young birds surviving to adulthood. Growing more native plants will provide food and shelter for both resident and migrant birds as their natural habitats continue to disappear.


Replacing lawn with native plants has additional benefits for humans and the planet: less mowing and maintenance, which translates to fewer greenhouse gas emissions! Plus, native plants are adapted to the growing conditions in our area, which means they generally require much less maintenance than introduced plants do.

"By gardening with native plants—no matter where you live or how small or large your space is—you can help sustain wildlife.”

Doug Tallamy

Bringing Nature Home


You can read about the Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year program in more detail on the Audubon North Carolina website.

Would your Garden Club like to schedule a presentation on Bird-Friendly Gardening? For more information, visit our Speakers Bureau page or contact us!

Ready to get started with native plants? Click here for a list of participating local nurseries!

If you have incorporated bird-friendly native plants in your garden and now wish to help spread the word about how planting native species benefits birds, get an Audubon Plants for Birds sign! Visit this National Audubon Society page to order your very own sign, and show your neighbors that you are an advocate for birds!

Want more information about native plants and the birds they benefit?

Formerly the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society, Blue Ridge Audubon is a chapter of the National Audubon Society, serving Buncombe, Henderson, and surrounding counties in western North Carolina.

Our mission is to protect birds and the places they depend on. We believe that a world in which birds thrive is a world that benefits all living things.


Our vision is a vibrant and just community where the protection of birds and our natural world is valued by everyone.

Blue Ridge Audubon Chapter

PO Box 18711

Asheville, NC 28814

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Blue Ridge Audubon is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.