Birds, Bees & Butterflies - Bemidji

Birds, bees, and butterflies have several things in common – they all depend on native plants; they play an important role in pollination; and all face increasing pressures from loss of habitat, diseases, and non-native invasive competitors. 

But there are things we can do to help! One of the most important is to add native plants to our gardens and landscapes

Click the flyer above to see BB&B's Top Ten Native Plants for birds and pollinators in 2019. Try planting them in YOUR garden or landscape!

The Mississippi Headwaters Audubon Society, Bemidji Monarch Project committee and several other local organizations and businesses have joined together in a campaign called "Birds, Bees & Butterflies - Bemidji" to promote the planting of native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers in our community to benefit birds and pollinators. By planting a native plant garden, or just adding native species to your existing landscape, you can attract colorful birds and pollinators to your yard or business.

WHAT'S HAPPENING? (download summary of 2019 activities)

Demonstration plantings: Several gardens and landscape projects featuring beneficial native plants have been established and new ones are planned for 2019:

2017 - Bemidji Library, North Country Park, Lincoln Elementary School, Headwaters School of Music and Arts, Rail River Folk School

2018 - Watermark Art Center, Bemidji Middle School, Sanford Bemidji Cancer Center meditation garden, BSU campus plantings, planter on corner of 4th St and Bemidji Ave., Leech Lake Tribal College Library

2019 - Beltrami County History Center, Conifer Villas, BSU campus plantings, lot next to Bemidji Lakeview Liquor, Bemidji State University Campus, Neilson Spearhead Center, Leech Lake Assisted Living Center, and Leech Lake Tribal College Solar Array.


"How to get started with native plants" community workshop and planting event at the Beltrami County History Center (June, TBD)

2019 Top 10 Native Plants promotion: 

Birds Bees & Butterflies – Bemidji selected ten local native plants important to birds and pollinators to highlight in 2019. They include 5 species for sunny sites, and 5 shade tolerant species. Each group includes an early season, mid-season, and late season blooming wildflower, a native grass and woody shrub (see flyer)

Local garden centers are featuring these Top Ten plants and will highlight additional native plants they offer with Birds, Bees, & Butterflies - Bemidji signs. Stop in and see them at Hills Country Greenhouse, Nature’s Edge Garden Center, and Ace on the Lake Hardware

Join us in a community-wide ‘Top 10’ promotion event June 15-16 (Father’s Day weekend). Visit participating garden centers for presentations on native plants, pollinators, landscaping for wildlife, discounts on native plants, prize drawings and more.

The Bemidji Garden Club will have these Top Ten Native Plants at their annual plant sale, May 18th at the Beltrami County Fairgrounds.  

Other Events: Join us for our 2019 Bemidji Bird City/Bald Eagle Day celebration June 22, and our 3nd annual Monarch Festival in August (more details to follow).

"Birds, Bees, Butterflies & Bemidji” signs are being placed in bird and pollinator-friendly gardens, planters and landscapes around town. Bemidji residents and visitors can look for them around downtown businesses, planters, City parks, and on the Bemidji State University campus. 

Local nurseries and garden centers are using "Birds, Bees, & Butterflies - Bemidji" signs to highlight native plants they have for sale in their greenhouses. 

Localized Information: Project Partners created a brochure about native species to plant in the Bemidji area to benefit birds and pollinators. It is available at local garden centers. A more comprehensive list of native wildflowers, trees, and shrubs; and other helpful information can be found by clicking the "Bemidji Native Plant Resources and Guides" button below.

Birds, Bees & Butterflies Bemidji Partners:

* Mississippi Headwaters Audubon
* Bemidji Parks and Recreation Dept
* Bemidji Garden Club
* Bogs & Logs - MN Master Naturalists
* Bemidji State University
* Beltrami County Master Gardeners

* Bemidji Downtown Alliance
* Nature's Edge Garden Center
* Hills Country Greenhouse
* Deer Haven Greenhouse
* Ace On The Lake Hardware
* Cenex Country Store