Hummingbirds, Native Plants  |  June 03, 2020

Why Native Plants? Missouri Native Plant Society

Why do I need a diversity of natives in my yard?
Exerpt from The Chickadee’s Guide to Gardening: In Your Garden, Choose Plants That Help the Environment By DOUGLAS W. TALLAMY, MARCH 11, 2015 a professor of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware, is the author of “Bringing Nature Home” Please google Douglas Tallamy.
“But local insects have only just met Bradford pears, in an evolutionary sense, and have not had the time — millennia — required to adapt to their chemical defenses. And so Bradford pears stand virtually untouched in my neighbor’s yard.
In the past, we thought this was a good thing. After all, Asian ornamentals were planted to look pretty, and we certainly didn’t want insects eating them. We were happy with our perfect pears, burning bushes, Japanese barberries, porcelain berries, golden rain trees, crape myrtles, privets, bush honeysuckles and all the other foreign ornamentals.
Playing God in the Garden : By planting productive native species, we can create life.
But there are serious ecological consequences to such choices, and another exercise you can do at home makes them clear. This spring, if you live in North America, put up a chickadee nest box in your yard. If you are lucky, a pair of chickadees will move in and raise a family. While they are feeding their young, watch what the chickadees bring to the nest: mostly caterpillars. Both parents take turns feeding the chicks, enabling them to bring a caterpillar to the nest once every three minutes. And they do this from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. for each of the 16 to 18 days it takes the chicks to fledge. That’s a total of 350 to 570 caterpillars every day, depending on how many chicks they have. So, an incredible 6,000 to 9,000 caterpillars are required to make one clutch of chickadees.”
Why do I need to plant local-source native plants?
All native flowers are good food source for native pollinators like bees, butterflies and in turn, birds; they have evolved with one another. Fall blooming natives are especially important in nourishing the migrating insects and preparing the adults and caterpillars for winter. Cultivars from Box Stores are not good for wildlife.
The best plan for a pollinator garden is to plant a diversity of native plants; perhaps 30 different native species grown from a local seed source. It is important to read this article and some of the additional links provided within it. Enter this link:
In this case “local” means within 50 miles N<->S, and 100 miles E<->W. Consult a NPS member if you are enticed to get plants from beyond this region.
Find local professional assistance in the Grow Native Resource guide at
Within the Grow Native site, you will also find links to a Native Plant Database which not only lists hundreds of useful plants for your garden but explains the invasive plants and the natives with which you can replace them. There are over 20 articles explaining the need to plant natives for pollinators and birds, and a Seedling Identification page for 40 species commonly used in gardens so you won’t pull them up thinking they are invasive weeds.
Ask a member who talked to you at the booth or learn more by joining the local Hawthorn Chapter Missouri Native Plant Society at
In this diagram, your yard sod is the first on the left. All others are native plants. Yes, they penetrate hardpan clay.
Instructions for planting perennials in hot, dry weather
 Soak the soil, slowly, where you will be planting.
 Dig the hole about twice as wide and deep as the size of the container.
 Amend the soil [clay] in the hole with some kind of decomposed biological stuff [= decomposed compost, manure, leaves] but nothing with a high nitrogen content. This necessitates breaking clay into small chunks and mixing with compost. DO NOT use a peatmoss potting mix to amend the planting site.
 Soak the potted plant before planting.
 After removing the plastic pot, set plant in hole so crown is ABOVE ground level.
 Press soil/compost around plant FIRMLY [not hard-packed]. Wild perennials’ roots do NOT grow through air spaces.
 Put a shallow layer of garden soil over the top of the mix the plant is in. If this step is missed, Sun/heat/wind will dry the block of medium the plant started in and it will die quickly.
 Gently pour a bucket of water into/over the hole and new plant until it is ‘full’.
 Use your foot to press the undisturbed soil from outside > in, around the plant.
 If your foot sinks into the mud, you need more dirt to fill the air pockets. Most upland native plants do not appreciate being below the natural soil level.
 Add water and repeat until bubbles stop coming up.

 Usually about 3-4 gallons is enough to mulch each new plant. Cover the planting site with about 2-3 inches [ = second knuckle to crotch of middle finger]. Pull mulch away from crown of new plant.
 Before successive watering of your new plant, stick a finger through the mulch to test for dampness. If clay comes out on the tip of your finger, the plant probably is OK. Soak plant if finger comes out clean. Water thoroughly if plant is droopy.
 After a hard freeze, mark the plant. Sometime during the winter add 1-2 inches of mulch. Native perennials will come up through loose mulch. Wood chips keep nitrogen and weed seeds busy so they germinate weakly and are easy to pull if they come up at all.
 Depending on the natural needs of your new native perennial and rainfall, you might not need any more care of your plant. Usually after 2 years, if your plant is thriving , besides mulching once each winter, it will need no more care.
 Contact the Hawthorn Chapter of Missouri Native Plant Society for more information. You receive regular information if you join the group. See site for membership options.
 We reuse/recycle all nursery plastic if you bring it to one of our activities
Membership benefits
 Learn to identify and grow native plants through field trips and workshops.
 Field trips to see wildflowers and rich natural communities including glades, prairies, and forests.
 Presentations by invited speakers at meetings.
 Share information about the benefits of native plants.
 Monthly newsletters from the Hawthorn Chapter and bi-monthly newsletters from the state MONPS.
 Meet others who share these interests

“The purpose of the Hawthorn Chapter of the Missouri Native Plant Society is to promote the enjoyment, preservation, conservation, restoration, and study of flora native to Missouri, public education of the value of the native flora and its habitat, and publication of related information.” –– MONPS, Hawthorn Chapter, bylaws, Art.1, Sec. 2.
Missouri Native Plant Society
Hawthorn Chapter
Membership Levels:
___ Student $11
___ Regular $16
___ Contributing $26 (designate extra for chapter or state contribution)
Includes both Chapter and State dues.
Annual renewal on July 1.
Make check payable to:
Native Plant Society.
Name _____________________________________
Address ___________________________________
Phone: Day ________________________________
Evening ________________________________
Email: ____________________________________
All communications will come by email unless you say you want the Petal Pusher to be mailed on paper at a cost of $10. Circle one.
Email Regular Mail
Send check and this form to:
Paula Peters
2216 S. Grace Ellen Dr
Columbia, MO 65202
Missouri Native Plant Society
Hawthorn Chapter
Promoting the conservation and enjoyment of the native flora of Missouri


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Hummingbirds  |  April 04, 2020

Hummingbird Suncatcher Craft for Kids

Items Needed:
Glue Sticks
Parchment Paper
Markers/Water Color Paint


  1. Cut the desired amount of parchment paper
  2. Trace all parts of the hummingbird onto the parchment paper. I used a pencil.
  3. Color each part with markers or watercolor paint.
  4. Cut each body part out.
  5. Glue the beak onto the head, then the head onto the body, then the wing, then the tail. The tail will be the only one to be glue underneath.
  6. Hang hummingbird in the window.

Hummingbird Suncatcher Template

Hummingbirds, Sales & Promotions  |  April 03, 2020

Attracting Hummingbirds Seminar Products 4/4/2020

Below is a click-through list of all products Bird Man Mel mentions in his Attracting Hummingbirds Facebook Live seminar! Your local Wild Bird Suppler Store or Garden Center most likely carries a large variety of these products. Let us help you locate a store near you! Call us at 1-800-269-4450

AP32468                           Amazing Hummingbirds
AP35292                           Hummingbirds
AP36886                           Our Love of Hummingbirds
AP36954                           Hummingbird Playing Cards

ASPECTS401                   Antique Brass Small Nyjer

ASPECTS402                  QC Antique Brass Medium Nyjer
ASPECTS403                 QC Antique Brass Large Nyjer

ASPECTS281                   Tube Top Dome

ASPECTS407                   Jewel Box Window Hummingbird Feeder
ASPECTS433                   HummBlossom 4 oz Feeder Rose Color
ASPECTS437                   The Gem Window Hummingbird Feeder
ASPECTS438                   Gem Anti-Insect Kit
BE107                               Plastic Trainer for Hummer Rings
BE114                               Red Port Brush
BS-400                              Bottle Stopper – Spring Hummingbird
COBANEC373                  Black Chinned Hummingbird Ornament
COBANEC417                  Rufous Hummingbird Ornament
COBANEC449                  Male Cardinal Perching Ornament
GE137                               Hummingbird with Red Flower Sun Catcher
GE159                               Hummingbird withRed Flower Hook
GEBLUEG354                   HBird & Flower Chime
GEHF002                          Red Textured Glass Hummingbird Feeder
HM618024964                   Hummingbirds of N.A.
HUMMBUG1                      Humm-Bug Hummingbird Feeder
IMP52116KZ                      Kids Puzzle Hummingbirds 40 piece Puzzle
IMP52855KZ                      Kids Puzzle Songbirds 40 piece Puzzle
IMP6MGM                          Memory Game Birds of North America
LEWERSNC23                   Peterson’s Hummingbird Notecard Assortment (4 each of 2 styles)
SE077                                Window Suction Cup Hanger
SE3880080                        Hummingbird Gord-O Bird House
SE4000                              Faceted Ruby
SE5003                              Hummingbird Hanging Bird Bath
SE5023                              Majestic Cardinal Bird Bath withstand
SE6002                              Dr. JB’s 16 oz Clean Feeder All Red
SE6022                              Dr. JB Switchable 32 oz JAR ONLY
SE604                                Best Hummer Brush
SE610                                Nectar Protector-Clear/Bulk 18 oz
SE611                                Nectar Protector-Red/Bulk 18 oz
SE624                                Nectar Protector Jr.-Clear/Bulk 9 oz
SE625                                Nectar Protector Jr.-Red/Bulk 9 oz
SE628                                8 oz Clear Hummingbird Nectar
SE629                                24 oz. Clear Nectar
SE632                                1 Quart (32 oz) Red RTU Hum. Nectar All Natural- No Dyes
SE633                                1 Quart (32 oz) Clear RTU Hum. Nectar
SE634                                8 oz Red Hummingbird Nectar All Natural- No Dyes
SE640                                2 Quart (64 oz) Clear RTU Nectar
SE642                                24 oz Red Hummingbird Nectar All Natural- No Dyes
SE643                                2 Quart (64 oz) Red RTU Nectar
SE7015                              Window Hawk Transparent
SE7019                              Easy Mister
SE7021                              Hummer Helper Cage and Nesting
SE801                                Tweet Heart Birdie Swing Black
SE802                                Tweet Heart Birdie Swing Copper Color
SE952                                Big Red Hummingbird Feeder
SE990                                 Super Shaker Nectar Maker
SE998                                 The Natural Bird Guardian
SEBCO312                         Red Bird Hummingbird Feeder
SEHHHUMS                       Copper Hummingbird Swing
SEHHWF1T                        Window Feeder One Tube
SEHHWHWA                      Whimsy Wand
SESQ83R                           Hummer Helper Hummer Helmet
SLHFF                                Hummingbird Feeder Fresh Nectar Defender
SLNF                                  Nectar Fortress Natural Ant Repellent
STOKESBEGHUM             Beginners Guide to Hummingbirds
STOKESHUM                     Hummingbird Book
WMPA167                          Grow A Hummingbird Garden
COBANEC448                    Male Ruby Throated Hummingbird Flying
SE619                                Stopper for Hummingbird Feeder
IMP184SS                          Screen Saver Hummingbirds of the Americas

WR23155                           Insect Mini Bucket

WR12300                           8” Plush Ruby-throated Hummingbird

WR18226                           Ruby-throated Hummingbird Plush

BD1016                               Squirrel Buster Finch

SWVNQ1026                        Vanquish 10 x 26 binocular

SWVNQ0826                         Vanquish 8 x 26 binocular

Attracting Birds, Hummingbirds  |  April 02, 2020

Tips for Attracting Hummingbirds

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In the United States, you can find over 16 kinds of Hummingbirds. For people east of the Rockies, the most prevalent by far is the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird. In fact, the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird is the most widely distributed of the world’s 338 species of Hummingbirds, all of which occur ONLY in the Western Hemisphere.

The Ruby-Throated Hummingbird is often found between woodland and meadow; however, it has adapted well to human development, but only if there is shelter, space, and food. It is frequently seen in suburban backyards with mature trees and shrubs, in wooded parks, and around farmsteads.

The Keys to Attracting Hummingbirds are to provide Food, Help for Nesting, and Misters (Water) for them to fly through. Providing natural plants that bloom from Spring through Fall is one of the best ways to attract hummers to your yard! Read on and learn how to make your yard a “Hummingbird Haven©.”