Native Plants for birds
Lahontan Audubon Society's Guide to the native plants that benefit and support bird populations in Northern Nevada & surrounding areas.
Lahontan Audubon Society is now partnering with the National Audubon Society in the Native Plants for Birds program. We have developed a comprehensive list of plants native to Northern Nevada using the National Audubon Society's Native Plant Finder. Native plant gardens benefit wildlife, the environment and people too. Locally sourced native plants also help support small businesses and the surrounding community. By planting native plants in your garden, you are providing prime habitat with adequate food and shelter for birds and other native wildlife to take advantage of.
This program is still in development so stay tuned for more bird-friendly garden information.
Buy Native Plants & Shop Local:
Moana Nursery: Now has three locations in the Reno area. Their website has A TON of information and resources on landscaping and gardening!Great Basin Seed: Online bulk seed store
Bird-Friendly Gardening Advice & Tips:
To Help Birds This Winter, Go Easy on Fall Yard Work (Audubon.org)
Where To Place Habitat Features To Protect the Wildlife You Are Attracting (Cornell: Habitat Network)
Wildflower Ethics and Native Plants (US Forest Service)
Cats In The Wildlife Garden: Build a Catio to Keep Pets and Wildlife Safe (Cornell: Habitat Network)
How to Practice Wildlife-Friendly Mowing (Cornell: Habitat Network)
Effective and Safe Alternatives to Insecticides (Cornell: Habitat Network)
Discouraging Mosquitoes While Still Providing Habitat For Other Wildlife (Cornell: Habitat Network)
Homeowner Associations (HOAs) & Wildlife Gardening (Cornell: Habitat Network)
How to Make a Birdbath (Audubon.org)
17 Tips for Making Your Backyard Wildlife Friendly on a Budget (Audubon.org)
Brighten Up Your Balcony or Patio with a DIY Native-Plant Garden (Audubon.org)
10 Cheap Ways to Source Native Seeds & Plants (Cornell: Habitat Network)
Native Plant Research and Facts:
Migratory Birds Like Native Berries Best (Audubon.org)
New Research Further Proves Native Plants Offer More Bugs for Birds (Audubon.org)
Native, or Not So Much? Native plants transformed into flashy “nativars” may look pretty, but are they good for wildlife? (NWF.org)
Cultivating Change: Wildlife-friendly gardening shows promise for restoring biodiversity in our increasingly urban world. (NWF.org)
Nativars (Native Cultivars): What We Know & Recommend (Cornell: Habitat Network)
Understanding Wildfire: Human Contributions to, and Solutions for, Managing Fire-Prone Landscapes (Cornell: Habitat Network)
Local Resources & Organizations:
Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation: Plants in the Parks Learn about native and non-native plants of the Truckee Meadows. This is a really well done and extensive web program. A great resource for educators and parents.
Nevada Native Plant Society: Find, select, and cultivate native Nevada plant species for personal gardens and landscaping, sometimes including rare or endangered species.
University of Nevada Reno Cooperative Extensions: Providing information, programs and training grounded in research to help residents and businesses manage gardens, trees and landscapes.
The Great Basin Native Plant Project: Focused on researching and developing native plant restoration methods and projects in the Great Basin
BLM Nevada Native Plants Program
Additional Plant Databases:
Audubon's Native Plant Database: Input your zip code to get a list of native plants more specific to your location.
- Watch this video to learn how to use the Audubon Native Plant Database.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Native Plant Database
North American Native Plant Society
National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC)
The Hummingbird Society
Audubon Plants for Birds Database