Our demonstration gardens will be a great resource for inspiration and information for your native garden. Other excellent resources are listed below to help you create a beautiful, healthy garden for birds, pollinators, and your family using plants native toNorthern California.
Visit the California Native Plant Society, Marin Chapter’s new website for information about flowers native to our area and resources for purchasing and planting native plants. Our partner in this project, CNPS also offers educational programs and field trips.
Visit Audubon at Home to learn about ways that you and your community can help birds in your own backyards. Learn about native plants, how you can make a difference for migratory birds, download posters, and take the Healthy Yard Pledge!
Learn more about the climate-related threats to birds. Audubon's Climate Research found that over half of US bird species are at risk due to climate change. Creating bird habitat in your yard can help threatened species build resilience to climate change and increase their chances for survival.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology's YardMap project is a free, interactive, citizen science mapping project focusing on creating habitat for birds and low-impact land use. Explore the "Learn" menu for in depth information on specific habitat types, landscape features, and other useful tools. Map the habitats in your yard and share your bird-friendly yard with others, check out the habitats of our center, or explore thousands of sites worldwide. Follow us at RichardsonBayAudubon to share your bird-friendly yard and join our community!
San Diego Audubon developed this helpful guide to Gardening for Birds and Butterflies. Though some of the information is localized to Southern California, much of it is relevant to us in Northern California!
Invasive Plant Information
California Invasive Plant Council provides extensive and in-depth information on identifying, avoiding, or removing invasive plants.
Plant Right is a California organization devoted to eliminating invasive plants across the state. Their North and Central California Coast guide gives information on common invasive plants and native alternatives.
More information on controlling invasives is available from the United States National Arboretum
Native Pollinator Information
In depth information about planting for pollinators in Northern California can be found here: Pollinator Partnership Guide
Learn more about native bees and about choosing the right plants to attract pollinators to your yard.