Did you know that you do not need a yard or an in-ground garden to become a bird-friendly space? Theresa has creatively transformed her paved patio into a beautiful space that supports pollinators and birds, showing that you do not need a lawn to create a bird-friendly habitat! She has filled her patio with native plants potted in containers and installed a water fountain and bird feeders to attract more birds. One of the things we love most about Theresa's space is that she has a love for cats, but she also understands the threat that outdoor cats pose to birds and other wildlife (not to mention the threats to cats themselves when left outside unsupervised!). She has taken careful precaution to keep her cat indoors to protect both the birds and her adored cat.
Here is what Theresa has to say about her space:
"I strive to create a space geared for hummingbirds and pollinators. Even though I have no yard and only a patio, it's possible to create a space with containers. I also have a bubbling water bath and a hummingbird feeder. Plants include coneflower, salvia, milkweed, cestrum, Turks cap, Texas sage, flame acanthus, and zinnia. I also keep my cat indoors and go on birding trips when I can. I really enjoy creating a bird friendly space, and always look for small ways to improve or plant more native plants each year."
Whether you have a large yard, paved patio like Theresa, or no outdoor space at all, there are actions that everyone can take to support birds and become a bird-friendly space! A big thank you to Theresa for showing us that we do not need a yard to be bird-friendly, and a second big thank you for making Houston a safer place for birds!