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Are we taking out the birds’ food?

December 7, 2009

Red-breasted nuthatch, photo by Ken Batker

The wildlife living within a plant community are used to the native vegetation.  Non-native species upset this natural harmony, so although birds often will eat Himalayan blackberries, they have happily feasted on the native blackberry, salmonberry, snowberry, huckleberry, elderberry, Indian plum, and thimbleberry well before the invasives came to our forests. We make sure to include these in the diverse array of native plants we select for our restoration sites. In addition to the fruit they produce, native plants help to re-establish a healthy functioning environment by preserving the natural hydrology, soils, canopy cover, and other elements of good habitat for local wildlife.

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