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Press Release 12-155

Native Plants in Urban Yards Offer Birds "Mini-Refuges"

Landscaping with native vegetation helps local bird species

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Photo of a xeric, or desert, yard in Phoenix.

A xeric, or desert, yard in Phoenix: This yard with native vegetation is a mini-refuge for birds.

Credit: Susannah Lerman


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Photo of a non-native grass lawn in Phoenix with a house, garage and cars in the background.

This mesic yard in Phoenix, with its non-native grass lawn, is less attractive to native birds.

Credit: Susannah Lerman


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Photo of a curve-billed thrasher foraging in a xeric yard in Phoenix.

A curve-billed thrasher, a Sonoran desert species, forages in a xeric yard in Phoenix.

Credit: Eyal Shochat


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Photo of an Abert's towhee foraging on a seed tray in a Phoenix-area yard.

An Abert's towhee forages on an artificial food patch--a seed tray--in a Phoenix-area yard.

Credit: Susannah Lerman


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Photo of the experimental set-up that determines that native plants are more attractive to birds.

The experimental set-up used to determine that native vegetation is more attractive to birds.

Credit: Susannah Lerman


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