Songbirds, hummingbirds and butterflies are the darlings of the backyard garden. They add excitement and beauty and bring life and movement to stationary plants. It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t love to see a bluebird, cardinal or large, colorful butterfly. Did you know their numbers are diminishing from loss of habitat?

Every living creature needs four things to survive and reproduce: food. water, shelter, and food for their young. This is what we call a habitat. If you want to see birds and butterflies, create a habitat.

Barb Mrgich is a Penn State Master Gardener from Adams County. Penn State Cooperative Extension of Adams County is located at 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Suite 204, Gettysburg, phone 717-334-6271.

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