Vermont Fish & Wildlife has a book online titled Backyard Wildlife 
Habitat In Vermont by Steve Parren which gives great local information 
on this subject:

Ron Payne
Middlebury, VT

On Fri, 4 Mar 2016 12:20:01 -0500, Sharon Turner  wrote:

       Thank You Jane,

Should I Google trees and bushes for other birds too? I want to attract 
waxwings and robins and other birds too. :)

Sharon Turner
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Smile because it happened."
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-----Original Message-----
From: Jane Stein
Sent: Thu, Mar 3, 2016 3:37 pm
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Citizen Science

Google! There are dozens of good sites, including plant nurseries and
seed places, that have whole sections on butterfly and hummingbird
gardens. Just be careful about what region they serve because what's a
hummingbird magnet in Arizona or Texas may not work here. 

Ideally, you want primarily New England native plants for the best eco


On 3/3/2016 2:32 PM, Sharon Turner wrote:
> Fascinating. I rent so I put less resources into plants, but we have 
> plenty of food trees, and nesting bushes and trees and what some call 
> weeds and we call wildflowers that attract birds. I can encourage my 
> Landlord to plant bird plants when she decides to garden. She has 
> many hummingbird and butterfly plants in her garden. What is a good 
> resource I can get from the library or on the web to do this?
> Sharon Turner
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> "Don't cry because its over. 
> Smile because it happened."
> -Dr. Seuss
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jane Stein To: VTBIRD Sent: Thu, Mar 3, 2016 12:43 pm
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Citizen Science
> The first Mass. Audubon bird walk I went on after suddenly and nearly
> violently falling into awareness of birds in middle age, the trip
> leader, Wayne Peterson, kept pointing out the plants in the area we were
> walking through and what kind of ecosystem they grew in and what kind of
> birds ate from them and at what time of year, etc. 
> Naive as I was, I expressed amazement. And he laughed and said, "If you
> think you can just study ornithology and not have to learn botany and
> entomology and geology, you're very much mistaken."
> Jane
> On 3/3/2016 11:23 AM, Barbara Powers wrote:
>> In the latest Bird Watchers Digest there is an article by Professor 
>> Doug Talamy about why it is important to know what birds eat. He 
>> states it is important because you can preserve and plant the right 
>> habitat to provide a food source for them so they can thrive. 
>> Apparently not all insects are of the same nutritive value and each 
>> insect has a specific habitat it needs. He has put out a request to 
>> birders to take pictures of birds bringing food/insects to their 
>> young. You can then submit them to his web site so his scientific 
>> team can identify the insect and add the information to a scientific 
>> data base. This information will be helpful in creating a better 
>> habitat for the birds. He states even a single image will be much 
>> appreciated. The web site is The instructions 
>> may be on the site but in the article it says to upload the digital 
>> image. Include your name, date, the location the image was taken, 
>> and your best guess as to whether the bird was migrating!
> (spring
> or fall), feeding young or overwintering. 
>> Sounds like a fun, interesting and helpful project for us birders 
>> who like to take photos of what we see. 
>> Barbara Powers
>> Manchester Center