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Top Five

Great Berries

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Great Birds

Of Your Region

Midwest

  • Black Raspberry

    Black Raspberry

    Rubus occidentalis

    This widespread, thorny shrub grows in a variety of habitats, and its fruits are favored by many birds as well as mammals. The fruits are packed with protein, making them nutritious and delicious to migratory songbirds and other consumers.

    When Does It Have Berries & Flowers?

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    SOME OF YOUR REGION’S BIRDS THAT WILL EAT ITS BERRIES

    This isn’t all of the birds in your region that will utilize it, but some that are known to feed on this berry species.

    • American RobinAmerican Robin
    • Hermit ThrushHermit Thrush
    • Gray CatbirdGray Catbird
    • Brown ThrasherBrown Thrasher
    • Rose-breasted GrosbeakRose-breasted Grosbeak

    Some Pollinators this berry helps attract

    This isn’t all of the pollinators in your region that will utilize it, but a handful of representative species.

    • Native BeesNative Bees
    • bumble beesBumble Bees
    • honey beesHoney Bees
    • butterfliesButterflies
    • Ruby-throated HummingbirdRuby-throated Hummingbird

    Caterpillars That utilize this plant

    This isn’t all of the caterpillars in your region that will utilize it, but some that are known to use this species as a host plant.

    • Henry's elfinHenry's Elfin
  • Chokecherry

    Chokecherry

    Prunus virginiana

    Fruits, or “chokecherries,” are rich in carbohydrates and a favorite of birds, especially those preparing for migration. Important cover habitat.

    When Does It Have Berries & Flowers?

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    SOME OF YOUR REGION’S BIRDS THAT WILL EAT ITS BERRIES

    This isn’t all of the birds in your region that will utilize it, but some that are known to feed on this berry species.

    • American RobinAmerican Robin
    • Hermit ThrushHermit Thrush
    • Gray CatbirdGray Catbird
    • Ruffed GrouseRuffed Grouse
    • Great Crested FlycatcherGreat Crested Flycatcher
    • Brown ThrasherBrown Thrasher
    • Rose-breasted GrosbeakRose-breasted Grosbeak

    Some Pollinators this berry helps attract

    This isn’t all of the pollinators in your region that will utilize it, but a handful of representative species.

    • Native BeesNative Bees
    • butterfliesButterflies
    • California hairstreakCalifornia Hairstreak
    • American LadyAmerican Lady
    • Silvery BlueSilvery Blue
    • Sequoia sphinxSequoia Sphinx
    • Ruby-throated HummingbirdRuby-throated Hummingbird

    Caterpillars That utilize this plant

    This isn’t all of the caterpillars in your region that will utilize it, but some that are known to use this species as a host plant.

    • Spring azureSpring Azure
    • Striped hairstreakStriped Hairstreak
    • Small-eyed sphinxSmall-eyed Sphinx
    • Columbia silkmothColumbia Silkmoth
    • Henry's elfinHenry's Elfin
  • Common Elderberry

    Common Elderberry

    Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis

    Fruits are favored by many birds and are rich in carbohydrates and protein, which is important for migrating songbirds. Provides cover habitat for birds and other wildlife.

    When Does It Have Berries & Flowers?

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    SOME OF YOUR REGION’S BIRDS THAT WILL EAT ITS BERRIES

    This isn’t all of the birds in your region that will utilize it, but some that are known to feed on this berry species.

    • Cedar WaxwingCedar Waxwing
    • Eastern BluebirdEastern Bluebird
    • Northern BobwhiteNorthern Bobwhite
    • Pileated WoodpeckerPileated Woodpecker
    • Brown ThrasherBrown Thrasher

    Some Pollinators this berry helps attract

    This isn’t all of the pollinators in your region that will utilize it, but a handful of representative species.

    • Native BeesNative Bees
    • butterfliesButterflies

    Caterpillars That utilize this plant

    This isn’t all of the caterpillars in your region that will utilize it, but some that are known to use this species as a host plant.

    • Henry's elfinHenry's Elfin
  • Common Serviceberry

    Common Serviceberry

    Amelanchier arborea

    Produces berries early in the growing season when fruit availability is scarce. Berries are high in carbohydrates and protein. Fruits are usually eaten as soon as they ripen by dozens of bird species.

    When Does It Have Berries & Flowers?

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    SOME OF YOUR REGION’S BIRDS THAT WILL EAT ITS BERRIES

    This isn’t all of the birds in your region that will utilize it, but some that are known to feed on this berry species.

    • Cedar WaxwingCedar Waxwing
    • Eastern BluebirdEastern Bluebird
    • Gray CatbirdGray Catbird
    • Pileated WoodpeckerPileated Woodpecker
    • Rose-breasted GrosbeakRose-breasted Grosbeak

    Some Pollinators this berry helps attract

    This isn’t all of the pollinators in your region that will utilize it, but a handful of representative species.

    • Native BeesNative Bees
    • butterfliesButterflies
    • Ruby-throated HummingbirdRuby-throated Hummingbird

    Caterpillars That utilize this plant

    This isn’t all of the caterpillars in your region that will utilize it, but some that are known to use this species as a host plant.

    • Striped hairstreakStriped Hairstreak
    • Red-spotted purpleRed-spotted Purple
  • Roughleaf Dogwood

    Roughleaf Dogwood

    Cornus drummondii

    High-fat berries are an important food source for migratory and wintering birds.

    When Does It Have Berries & Flowers?

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    SOME OF YOUR REGION’S BIRDS THAT WILL EAT ITS BERRIES

    This isn’t all of the birds in your region that will utilize it, but some that are known to feed on this berry species.

    • American RobinAmerican Robin
    • Hermit ThrushHermit Thrush
    • Ruffed GrouseRuffed Grouse
    • Pileated WoodpeckerPileated Woodpecker
    • Rose-breasted GrosbeakRose-breasted Grosbeak

    Some Pollinators this berry helps attract

    This isn’t all of the pollinators in your region that will utilize it, but a handful of representative species.

    • Native BeesNative Bees

Header photo credits: Catbird © Laura Frazier, Cedar Waxing © Kevin L. Cole

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