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  •  You're right, but for the wrong reason (14+ / 0-)

    I hate to nitpick, but your diary has some issues.  I am 100% in agreement that native tree species are the way to go (death to all foreigners**!!!!). But bird conservation is really not much of a justification for planting native trees around your house.

    Why?  2 reasons.  First, some non-native plants are actually really good for birds.  Robins, waxwings, and winter finches LOVE crabapple trees and other fruit-producers, especially in the winter.  Japanese honeysuckle berries are delicious to cardinals and catbirds.  So, you there is an argument to be made that non-natives are beneficial in some cases for birds.

    Second, the urban-adapted birds that live in the suburbs are doing pretty well for the most part.  The chickadees you mentioned are abundant in towns and suburbs that are full of Japanese maples and ginkgoes and the like.  Ironically, some of the birds that are faring the worst lately are those of deep forests and big grasslands, ones rarely found in anyone's yard.

    The best reasons to plant native trees are for the sake of the tree species themselves and for the biodiversity that directly depends on those trees--moths, butterflies, zillions of other insect species, and so on.

    ***Plants!  I mean plants!

    The next Noah will work a short shift. - Charles Bowden

    by Scott in NAZ on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 01:43:27 PM PST

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