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Native Plants in Urban Yards Offer Birds “Mini-Refuges”

 

The National Science FoundationPhoenix, AZ – Yards with plants that mimic native vegetation offer birds “mini-refuges” and help to offset losses of biodiversity in cities, according to results of a study published today in the journal PLOS ONE.

“Native” yards support birds better than those with traditional grass lawns and non-native plantings.

Researchers conducted the study through the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site, one of 26 such sites around the globe in ecosystems from coral reefs to deserts, from forests to grasslands.

A xeric, or desert, yard in Phoenix: This yard with native vegetation is a mini-refuge for birds. (Susannah Lerman/University of Massachusetts-Amherst)

A xeric, or desert, yard in Phoenix: This yard with native vegetation is a mini-refuge for birds. (Susannah Lerman/University of Massachusetts-Amherst)

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