Trees for Life / Plants for Birds

Trees for Life

Southern Live Oak, Bald Cypress, and Mahogany
Beautify your landscape with these iconic trees
so important to birds and other wildlife!

Mission: Collaborate with everyone including our youth by planting 100,000 native trees to transform our land, to save our Lagoon and waters, improve community health, and reduce the impacts of climate change. 

Benefits:Trees save energy, provide shade and wind breaks for our homes, cool our cities and neighborhoods, reduce the need for fertilizers, remove carbon dioxide and air pollutants from our air, retain topsoil, save water bills, provide for birds, butterflies, fish and people. 

Native Plant Nursery Volunteer Opportunities

Tree Distribution in Indian River County

Click on the square at the upper top left for the map legend.. For a full screen version of the map, click on the box at upper right. The full screen version is best for zooming in and out on the tree locations.

LIVE OAK1,2102151,425
TREE TOTAL2,4203192,739
Pelican Island Audubon Tree distribution as of September 17, 2021.

Many thanks to Cherry Lake Farms for providing the Bald Cypress trees and Sebastian River Farms for providing Winged Elm, Sand live oak, Live Oak, Southern Red Cedar, Slash pine, Red Maple, Sycamore, Green, and Silver Buttonwood, Brodie Eastern Red Cedar.

In the media

Click to read the online HomeTown News article:
Pelican Island Audubon Society plant and tree sale
Click to read the online HomeTown News article:
Free oak trees, planting advice now available
Click to read the Press Journal article:
“Trees for Life” project aims to help the environment
Click to read the VeroNews | 32963 article:
8 local bird species are seen threatened by climate change
Click to read the Vero Beach Newsweekly article:
Pelican Island Audubon Society recognizes volunteers
Read the HomeTown News article:
Native plant sale at Audubon House

Florida Wildflower Foundation | Blanketflower – native or not?
Washington Post | Ditching grass could help your backyard thrive
Florida Phoenix | I think you will never see a FL county so hostile to a tree
NPR | Bringing Back Trees To ‘Forest City’s’ Redlined Areas Helps Residents And The Climate
New York Times | The Woman Who Looked at a Forest and Saw a Community
National Audubon Society | Of Burgers and Birds: A Partnership That Nearly Doubles Audubon’s Impact on Ranches across the Country
Treehugger | The World’s Largest Privately Owned Giant Sequoia Forest Is Now Protected
SciTechDaily | NASA Uses Powerful Supercomputers and AI to Map Earth’s Trees, Discovers Billions of Trees in West African Drylands
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign | In a warming climate, can birds take the heat?
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign | Trees set sixth-graders up for success
New York Times | Can Trees Live Forever? New Kindling for an Immortal Debate
BBC | Cities struggling to boost urban tree cover
Science Daily | How trees could save the climate
MIT Technology Review | Planting more trees could suck up a huge share of carbon emissions
National Geographic | How to erase 100 years of carbon emissions? Plant trees – lots of them
Bloomberg | This Easy Climate Fix Has More Potential Than Previously Though
Associated Press | How Birdwatchers Can Help Threatened Bird Populations

Plants for Birds

Native Plants Distributed As Of September 17, 2021:

Northern Mockingbird

Our local birds evolved over time to use the native plants in our local habitats.  When considering what plants to use when landscaping your yard, fill it with native plants to bring the joy of birds right up to your door.  You will find below a list of resources you can use to find what native plants would work best for birds.  Additionally, Pelican Island Audubon is selling a variety of native plants for your yard. Below is information on native plants best for Indian River County.

The importance of native plants for birds.

Map of the Pelican Island Audubon native plant distribution in Indian River County and surrounding areas.

Support for Pelican Island Audubon’s Plants for Birds project is partially supported by grants from the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program, the National Audubon Society, Audubon Florida, and Florida Power & Light.

Native Plants

(Click on the common name for more plant information.)

Beauty BerryCallicarpa americanaBerries for migratory birds in Fall, good nectar source
Black-eyed SusanRudbeckia hirtaSeeds for birds
Blue CurlTricostema dichotomumExcellent butterfly attractor
Blue-eyed GrassSisyrinchium augustifoliumGreat nectar source for butterflies
Brown’s SavoryClinopodium browneiGreat for pollinators
Creeping SageSalvia misellaButterfly nectar plant
CoreopsisCoreopsis leavenworthiiExcellent native bee attractor
Corky-stem PassionvinePassiflora suberosaLarval host plant for multiple butterfly species
Dahoon HollyIlex cassineBerries for birds in winter
Dune SunflowerHelianthus debilisPollinator attractor
ElderberrySambucus nigra subsp. canadensisFruit for birds
Elephant’s FootElephantopus elatusAmazing pollinator attractor
FirebushHamelia patensExcellent butterfly & hummingbird attractor
Florida PrivetForesteria segregataGreat shrub for nesting birds & berries in summer
FrogfruitPhyla nodifloraLarval host & nectar plant
Frost TopVerbesina virginicaPollinator attractor
HorsemintMonadra punctataAmazing butterfly & pollinator attractor
IronweedVernon giganteaNative bee & hummingbird attractor
Jamaican CaperCapparis cynophallophoraGeneral butterfly & hummingbird attractor; berries for birds
LantanaLantana involucrataGreat butterfly attractor; berries for birds year round
Muhly GrassMuhlenbergia cappillarisSeeds for small songbirds; soil stabilization for erosion problems
MyrsineMyrsine cubanaBerries for birds
PorterweedStachytarpheta jamaicensisLarval host plant & pollinator attractor
Privet CassiaSenna ligustrinaHost to Sulphur Butterflies; native bee attractor
Rosin FlowerSilphium astericusGreat pollinator attractor; seeds for birds
Seaside GoldenrodSolidago sempervirensPollinator attractor
SneezeweedHelenium spp.Attracts butterflies
St. Andrews CrossHypericum hypericoidesAttracts butterflies
Sunshine MimosaMimosa strigillosaLawn replacement ground cover; butterfly host
Tropical SalviaSalvia coccinenButterfly & hummingbird attractor
Wild Coffee (Satin Leaf)Flaveria linearisAmazing pollinator nectar source
Wild Coffee (Shiny Leaf)Psychotria nervosaNectar for butterflies; berries for birds
Wild LimeZanthoxylum fagaraHost to Giant Swallowtail Butterfly; berries for birds
YellowtopSalvia coccinenButterfly & hummingbird attractor

Online Resources

National Audubon Society Plants for Birds: This one of the best resources for learning about plants for birds. Includes a Zip Code-based search engine that will help you learn what native plants are best suited for your area.

The Guardian | Born to rewild: why now is the perfect time to make your lawn an eco-paradise
BBC | Two-fifths of plants at risk of extinction, says report
The Beet | David Attenborough Shares 7 Ways We Can Help Stop Climate Change

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