Native Plants for Birds....Bemidji Style!

Learn about our three projects to encourage native landscaping for birds and pollinators throughout the greater Bemidji area

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

Bemidji’s Audubon Birdscaping Collaborative (ABC)

It's simple: Work with kids and the community to get habitat on the ground. Through collaboration we will install on-the-ground native landscaping to benefit birds and pollinators in Bemidji’s downtown urban landscape. This project literally spreads the seeds of diversity throughout the Bemidji Area encouraging the creation of bird and pollinator friendly urban spaces. 

ABC Partners are offering creative learning events at the Public Library this spring, paired with an outdoor landscaping activity downtown. Be on the look-out for native plantings downtown!

Bemidji ABC Project Partners 

Mississippi Headwaters Audubon
Bemidji Public Library
Apple Blossoms Village
Beltrami County Master Gardeners
Headwaters School of Music &Art
Indigenous Environmental Network
Rail River Folk School
Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee Shop

Birds, Bees, Butterflies, & Bemidji - The Mississippi Headwaters Audubon Society, Bemidji Monarch Project committee and several other local organizations are joining together in a campaign to promote the planting of native trees, shrubs, and flowers 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?

Garden Signs: "Birds, Bees, Butterflies & Bemidji” signs will be 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.

Garden Centers: Local garden centers will use "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: Project Partners:

Mississippi Headwaters Audubon
Bemidji Parks and Recreation Dept
Bemidji Garden Club
Bogs & Logs - MN Master Naturalists
Bemidji State University
Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership - U of MN Extension
MN GreenCorps
Bemidji Downtown Alliance
Nature's Edge Garden Center
Hills Country Greenhouse
Deer Haven Greenhouse
Ace On The Lake Hardware
Cenex Country Store

Bemidji Bird City! Audubon Minnesota will soon designate Bemidji as the state’s third Bird City. The public is invited to join in the celebration at  events planned for June 10-11, 2017 

* Thank you to everyone who helped Bemidji become a Bird City. Here are a couple links to news coverage and pictures from events on June 10 and 11. We also have a photo album below...

Lakeland News -
Photos on MHAS Facebook page:

2017 Bemidji Bird City Celebration
(click for event flyer)

Saturday, June 10th (entry to the State Park is free this day)
  • Bird Hike  Lake Bemidji State Park, 7:15 am - 8:30 am
  • Minnesota Raptors Livepresentation at Lake Bemidji State Park, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Sunday, June 11th 

  • Bird and native plant restorations walk, Bemidji State University campus. Meet at the southeast corner of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Parking lot – near the Lakeshore Trail, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Bird City designation event, Cameron City Park, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Welcome – Minnesota Headwaters Audubon Society
    • Presentation about Purple Martins by Dr. Brian Hiller, BSU
    • Award of Bird City status to Mayor Albrecht by Audubon Minnesota
    • Family/kids activities - MHAS  
Bird City Minnesota recognizes and celebrates communities with
a long-term commitment to: 
  • Restore, protect, and improve bird habitat.
  • Reduce threats such as window collisions, free-roaming cats, and toxins.
  • Engage people by teaching them now they can help birds thrive.

To qualify as a Bird City, a community needs to complete 7 of 18 specific Bird City criteria. Over the past few months the Mississippi Headwaters Audubon Society led the City of Bemidji and local organizations to identify activities they each have completed.   They found that together, Bemidji Bird City Partners are already engaged in 15 of the criteria! 

Bemidji Bird City Partners:

Mississippi Headwaters Audubon
Headwaters Science Center
Bogs & Logs - MN Master Naturalists

City of Bemidji
Bemidji State University
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources