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Creating a Living Landscape (Wildflower Meadow): Why Native Plants Matter

(Includes 4:09 min. video clip)

Bird-Friendly Communities

Restoring native plant habitat is vital to preserving biodiversity. By creating a native plant garden, each patch of habitat becomes part of a collective effort to nurture and sustain the living landscape for birds and other animals.

Over the past century, urbanization has taken intact, ecologically productive land and fragmented and transformed it with lawns and exotic ornamental plants. The continental U.S. lost a staggering 150 million acres of habitat and farmland to urban sprawl, and that trend isn’t slowing. The modern obsession with highly manicured “perfect” lawns alone has created a green, monoculture carpet across the country that covers over 40 million acres. The human-dominated landscape no longer supports functioning ecosystems, and the remaining isolated natural areas are not large enough to support wildlife...

Benefits of Native Plants:

• Beauty

• Healthy Places for People

• Helping the Climate

• Conserving Water

• Wildlife

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