Posted by Emily
Rebecca Schnorenberg, an undergraduate student who was doing research in the community gardens last summer, is presenting some of her findings at the UIC Honors Research Conference today. She made a beautiful poster of her findings, which she said I could share with you.
Rebecca was interested in learning about the garden characteristics that influence the bird community in a garden. It won't surprise most of you that she found that larger gardens have a greater abundance of birds and higher diversity of native bird species in particular. But for those of you with smaller gardens, never fear--there is something you can do to increase the diversity of native birds in your garden! Rebecca also found that gardens with more woody vegetation, which includes everything from small shrubs to large trees, have a higher diversity of native birds. So if you have space to add a tree or shrub, it could bring new birds into your garden.
Here is part 1 and part 2 of 'Birds in the gardens'