A bird-friendly garden can be beautiful as well as functional. These visitors add another living dimension to the garden. It is possible to attract a variety of species to the garden throughout the year in the Chicago region. Birds have four major habitat needs: water, food, cover, and a place to raise their young.
Birds require water all twelve months of the year. The moving water of a pond or pondless waterfall is ideal, but a bird bath will also work. Ponds can easily be kept unfrozen in winter with floating heaters. Smaller models are also available for bird baths.