Red Rock Audubon really, really wants people to support local bird populations by growing native plants. Native plants are the best choice because they are adapted to survive our extreme weather conditions. Local birds and insects have evolved alongside these plants that provide the specific nutrition they need. So we are reaching out into the community by planting demonstration gardens to showcase our beautiful Nevada natives.
Our garden at Winchester Dondero Cultural Center is looking good. Those bright yellow native sunflowers are providing nectar for bees and other pollinating insects upon which birds feed. You can even occasionally spot a hummingbird at the flower grabbing an insect or a sip of nectar. Once the flower goes to seed birds will enjoy a hearty second harvest.
Our new plot at the Roots Community Garden has been cleared of weeds and the soil has been amended to support a whole assortment of native plants. Now we just need the weather to cool down a bit before the plants go in.
Article written by Nancy Chang
Photos by Nancy Chang and Therese Campbell