Diversify your garden.
Whether you have acres of land or a small planter on your front porch, you can cultivate a habitat that helps both birds and bees by planting a diverse array of native trees, shrubs, and flowers that bloom at different times of the year. Each plant offers different characteristics—shape, color, nectar, pollen, blooming seasons—to attract pollinators that are crucial to the environment, including bats, moths, butterflies, beetles, and flies.
“With native plants, once you start to plant for one organism, all the surrounding organisms will benefit,” says Earyn McGee, one of the organizers of Black Birders Week and a PhD candidate in natural resources with an emphasis in wildlife conservation and management at the University of Arizona.
Diverse, dense, and layered are the three words Rodomsky-Bish keeps in mind when planting gardens. Numerous plant species, planted close together, and growing at different heights will provide resources year round for all types of birds, bees, and other visitors.