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Nature In The Natural State: Bluebirds

Birds need our help. Research has shown that billions of birds have disappeared from the U.S. in the last few decades.

The most important factor in attracting a bird is not a feeder in your yard, but instead is the habitat you provide. Consider eastern bluebirds. Males have deep blue backs and wings and rusty or brick-red throats and breasts.

Bluebirds like open areas with mature, spaced out trees. Put up a nesting box—bluebirds are cavity nesters and will use them.

In the summer they eat mostly caterpillars, beetles, crickets, grasshoppers, and spiders, and in the winter, mostly berries including dogwood, serviceberry, and wild black cherry.

Plant these native shrubs and trees in your yard. For more information, see