According to Allbirch Pollinator Garden in the Ottawa Valley,
“Sunflowers ( specifically Helianthus annuus) are native plants to North America and are the top pollinators. Beware cultivars that are pollenless, as they provi…de no protein to pollinators, but do offer nectar. That are many cultivars (over 200 in fact.) Here is the best resource for tracking down those best suited to your eye…”
A pine siskin braves the variable spring weather in the Ottawa Valley. This photo was taken through the window to avoid disturbing the birds flocking to the feeders. There seems to be an irruption of pine siskins this spring.
“This summer, WWF-Canada and TELUS are asking you to join us and Go Wild. Do you have an idea on how to help nature thrive in your community? Apply for a Go Wild Community Grant today!” Click on link below for info on how to apply for a grant…
“Everything about Black Cherry ranks it as one of THE most important native trees for wildlife: (1) more birds feed on the fruits of this native tree than any other, (2) more butterflies and moths lay their eggs on this tree than any other tree, excepting the oaks, and (3) add to this mix its ornamental flower show in the spring.”
We have three of these mature trees in our wildlife-friendly yard, and one young tree. Only recently have we had the good fortune of finding a single seedling at the base of one of the trees, which I transplanted to another location. In our experience, these trees are not the least bit “weedy.” We can vouch for the incredible diversity of wildlife it attracts. We have seen most of the butterflies and birds listed in the article on our property, many of them right in these trees.
Click below to see wildlife attracted to wild (black) cherry, from caterpillars and butterflies to birds and mammals 🙂