Native Plants Beneficial to Wildlife
NATIVE PLANTS BENEFICIAL TO WILDLIFE
Many plants growing within the Buck Garden provide food, shelter and nesting places for local wildlife. Plants and animals benefit each other in numerous ways. Plants provide food to animals and in return plant seeds are dispersed throughout the landscape. Many plant fruits are brightly colored and ripen exactly during the bird migration period. Ripening fruits produce sugars or fatty lipids providing necessary nourishment during the time of year the fuel is needed most.
In early summer, when parent birds are busy feeding their young, sweet fruits such as serviceberries and wild strawberries are available to them. Many fall migratory birds rely on the fatty fruits of sweet bay magnolia; flowering dogwood and spicebush. Some shrubs, like chokeberry and nannyberry have fruits that remain attached and persist through the winter providing a nutritional food source for resident wildlife and returning spring migratory birds.
The following is a partial list of plants that can be found growing at the L. J. Buck Garden that are beneficial to wildlife.
WOODY PLANTS BENEFICIAL TO WILDLIFE
seeds and buds
HERBACEOUS WILDFLOWERS BENEFICIAL TO WILDLIFE