Native Songbird Care & Conservation
Saving Native Songbirds One Bird at a Time.
Resources

Questions or concerns about songbirds?  
Listed below are resources for common issues involving songbirds and songbird/human conflicts.  
Click on the link applicable to your situation.  If you need additional assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at (707) 484-6502.


Swallows are nesting on a home or building.
Non-lethal, humane and safe materials to successfully prevent swallows from nesting on structures:
    • Bird Slide - A commercially available exculsionary material to prevent swallows from nesting on structures. Bird Slide blocks the right angle swallows prefer and excludes them from applying mud to the surface of the structure.
    • Coroplast - a commercially available product that can be applied to vertical surfaces under the eaves of structures to prevent swallows from nesting.  Apply the coraplast directly to the exterior wall of the structure under the eave.  The slick plastic surface will prevent the mud from nest-building to stick to the surface of the structure.  Tap Plastics sells coroplast.  Clear plexiglass sheets can be used in the same application as coroplast.
Excellent information about the life history, 30 years of field research and commonly asked questions about Cliff Swallows can be found at the Cliff Swallow Project.


Safe backyard bird-feeding practices



WILDSCAPING TO SUPPORT NATIVE SONGBIRDS

Your garden is your outdoor sanctuary.  With some careful plant choices, it can be a haven for native birds as well.  Landscaped with native species, your yard, patio, or balcony becomes a vital recharge station for migratory birds passing through and a sanctuary for nesting and overwintering birds.

Each patch of restored native habitat is just that - a patch in the frayed fabric of the ecosystem in which it lies.  By landscaping, or wildscaping, with native plants, we can turn a patchwork of green spaces into a quilt of restored habitat.  More native plants mean more choices of food and shelter for native birds, native pollinators and other wildlife. 

Here are some great resources to help you wildscape your backyard and create a bird-friendly garden!

California Native Plant Society's Calscape helps you find plants native to your area of California, determine which plants are best for your area, where to buy plants and how to grow them.  

California Native Plant Society's Grow Native program provides information about habitat gardening, how to plan a native plant garden, tips for plant propagation and more.

If you live in Sonoma County, you can find a large selection of California native plants at California Flora Nursery in Fulton.  And their staff is incredibly helpful!

You can mark your calendar for the second Saturday in October to shop at the Milo Baker CNPS chapter's annual native plant sale.  Great selection of plants and your purchase supports the chapters good work!

Native Songbird Care & Conservation offers a Wildscaping for Songbirds presentation.  For more information or to schedule a presentation for your community, gardening or conservation group, please contact us at info@nativesongbirdcare.org



FOUND AN INJURED BIRD

Found an injured bird, but you're not in Sonoma County?  Find a licensed rehabilitator near you at California Fish and Wildlife Department.

Found and injured bird, but you're not in California?  Find a licensed rehabilitator near you at Animal Help Now.

 
BIRDING, BIRD CONSERVATION, AND ENJOYMENT OF BIRDS

Madrone Audubon Society

Sonoma Birding

Redwood Regional Ornithological Society

Sonoma County Bird Watching Spots

California Audubon

American Bird Conservancy

Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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