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SBTH Habitat Certification Program

Oryana Natural Food Market hosts a certified habitat

Native bird, butterfly and bee populations are declining. Nationally known educator, author and speaker, Dr. Douglas Tallamy (Bringing Nature Home; Timber Press; 2007/2009), is the leading expert on the link between native plantings and healthy bird, butterfly and other wildlife populations.  Our Certified Bird Habitat Program is based on Tallamy’s work, which has shown that to reverse those declines, native plants are essential.  Buckeye on asters
It takes thousands of caterpillars feed a single clutch of chickadees Many terrestrial birds live exclusively on insects, and virtually all must have insects to feed their young. Insects only occur in abundance where native plants are plentiful.  If you have enough native plants on your property, it would qualify for certification.  If you do not have enough native plants, following are suggestions to help you get started.

Our suggestions include both botanical and common names. The botanical reference for a species consists of its two-word scientific name: its genus followed by its specific variety, as in:  White oak is Quercus alba.   The abbreviation, sp. refers to an individual or group within a genus; for example, oak is Quercus sp., while plural, oak trees, are Quercus spp.  Our list includes an example for each genus, however none of them occur across the entire country.  It is important to select only plants that are indigenous to your area.   (If you live in the Great Lakes area and want to plant an oak tree, choose a white or red oak rather than a coastal live oak.)  You can find the range of any plant by searching it on the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center or USDA websites (see resource list at the end). 

To create the most productive garden for birds and butterflies select only true native plants rather than horticultural or exotic species. Avoid all known invasive species as they degrade ecosystems.  Using botanical names will help you avoid alien or invasive species.  Keep in mind that cultivars may not be as effective for birds, butterflies and bees as their native cousins. 

If you think your yard may qualify for Certified Bird Habitat, fill in the application form and send the fee by PayPal or, print it out and mail it to the address at the bottom of the page along with the application fee.

Contact us with questions.

Monarch caterpillar on milkweed

Bird Habitat Certification Form

Application Fee and Sign: FREE to SBTH Nest Builder ** Members
to Non-members, includes 1 year membership to SBTH.

** Nest Builders contributing $250 or more.


You can also download and print out a copy of the application HERE

Applicant Information

Home Phone

Existing SBTH Member?

Property Information
The following are necessary to determine whether a property pre-qualifies to be a Certified Bird Habitat.
*FREE application AND sign for Nest Builder members of Saving Birds Thru Habitat

Size of Property:

Existing Landscape Primarily
Native Tree
Native Shrub

Brush piles or
brambles present?

Dead or dying

Chemical use on

Invasive species to

(Example: Autumn Olive, Kudzu, Japanese Knotweed)

Birds seen on

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