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Wednesday, October 19 • 8:20am - 8:40am
Wildlife. Building a Better Bird Feeding: How urban communities on the gulf coast and elsewhere can have a real impact on migratory birds and other wildlife

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AUTHORS: Naomi Edelson, National Wildlife Federation

ABSTRACT: National Wildlife Federation is engaging Americans to create wildlife habitat where they live, work, play, learn, and worship to restoring wildlife habitat, helping with climate adaptation, and water conservation. We have usurped so much of the natural world that we now need to build functioning ecosystems at home. People are starting to use criteria in addition to aesthetics to decide what to plant; from simply decorative value to ecological value for wildlife. NWF, in collaboration with the US Forest Service and Dr. Doug Tallamy, are launching in June 2016, a new web-based tool that will provide the best native plants to help wildlife founded on which genera are hosts to the most caterpillars. Caterpillars are among the most important protein source for nesting and migrating birds as well as other wildlife. By planting natives that rank highest as host plants for caterpillars we can help people “build better bird feeders” in urban and suburban settings. The native plant finder will be searchable by zip code. This is tremendous opportunity to help those migratory birds reaching the Gulf Coast shore's upon their return from the wintering grounds to their breeding grounds. The current condition of this stopover habitat is filled with houses, roads and non-native landscaping and means no food for these starved birds. We can make a big difference for them during this critical period by encouraging the Gulf communities to plant native plants that are especially good as host plants for caterpillars.

Wednesday October 19, 2016 8:20am - 8:40am
Louisiana Room

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