Oregon Grape blossoms – Photo Credit: Kathy Ross

Kathy Ross will present “Growing Native Plants for Birds” on Thursday, August 5, at 6 PM at the Center for Native Plants, 5605 Hwy 93 South. Whitefish.

Space is limited. Registration is required. The talk will be held outdoors. Bring a folding chair and sun protection. To register or ask questions, contact Kate at kate@centerfornativeplants.com or 406-862-4226.

Kathy will share ideas from her 30 years of using native plants for gardening and landscaping in the Flathead and talk about the importance of native plants – and the insects that they attract – to our native bird populations. Birds are declining, insect species are disappearing, and habitat is being destroyed. We as gardeners can help reverse these trends and make a difference in our own landscapes. Kathy will provide practical advice on how to create a biodiverse habitat that will make a difference to our local songbirds and the insects they depend on.

Kathy has written and given talks throughout the Flathead Valley on these topics. See https://flatheadaudubon.org/birds/helping-birds for links to her articles published over the last few years in the Pileated Post, and to her ”Recommendations for Native Home Gardens in the Flathead Area.” This summer she is involved in gathering reports and photos from local gardeners on how they are using native plants in their own gardens and what they have learned in the process, to produce a survey of native gardening in the Flathead and an experience-based guide to what works and what doesn’t. This project is jointly sponsored by the Flathead Audubon Society and the Flathead Chapter of the Montana Native Plant Society.

Kathy’s presentation is leads off the Native Plant Center’s second annual August Speaker Series. For information on the other four talks in the series, see https://centerfornativeplants.com .