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Planting Oaks for Birds

Written by Ariana Remmel 

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[American Robin feeding young, ML 354739731]
This robin is making a supply of tasty caterpillars to its fledglings. Like many songbirds, they depend on these bugs to lift their younger, says entomologist Douglas Tallamy.
Douglas Tallamy: It takes 1000’s and 1000’s and 1000’s of caterpillars to make one clutch of child birds. And that is simply to get it to the purpose the place it fledged, is the place it leaves the nest.
However habitat loss is making caterpillars and different nutritious bugs onerous to come back by. So Tallamy co-founded a corporation known as Homegrown Nationwide Park® to assist folks deliver biodiversity to their very own gardens — which could be as straightforward as planting an acorn.
Douglas Tallamy: Oaks help extra species of caterpillars than every other tree genus within the nation.
Tons of of butterfly and moth species begin their lives as caterpillars foraging in oak branches, making these bushes a totally stocked pantry for birds like tanagers, bluebirds…
Douglas Tallamy: Titmice, chickadees, cardinals, Crimson-bellied Woodpeckers, Downy Woodpeckers, Pileated Woodpeckers, Magnolia Warblers, Hooded Warblers. Prairie Warblers, Yellow Warblers, Wooden Thrushes and Hermit Thrushes. [fade out]
[Played under list: Northern Cardinal song, ML107279,
Magnolia Warbler song, ML 85248; 
Yellow Warbler song, ML 231229761]
The checklist goes on!
Douglas Tallamy: So while you plant an oak, you are truly planting a complete neighborhood. You are creating an terrible lot of life in your yard that wasn’t there earlier than you place that oak in. That life is named biodiversity.
[American Robin feeding young, ML 354739731]
To study extra about Homegrown Nationwide Park® and the way to participate of their easy grassroots answer to the biodiversity disaster, go to BirdNote dot org. I’m Ariana Remmel. 


Senior Producer: John Kessler
Content material Director: Allison Wilson
Producer: Mark Bramhill
Managing Producer: Conor Gearin
Bird sounds offered by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. American Robin ML 354739731 recorded by L. Schrader, Northern Cardinal ML 107279 recorded by W. Hershberger, Magnolia Warbler ML85248 recorded by W. Hershberger, and Yellow Warbler ML 231229761 recorded by A. Spencer.
BirdNote’s theme was composed and performed by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler. 
© 2022 BirdNote   April 2022         Narrator: ​​Ariana Remmel

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