Native Songbird Care & Conservation
Saving Native Songbirds One Bird at a Time.

Questions or concerns about songbirds?  
Listed below are resources for common issues involving songbirds and songbird/human conflicts.  
Click on the link applicable to your situation.  If you need additional assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at (707) 484-6502.


Swallows are nesting on a home or building.
Non-lethal, humane and safe materials to successfully prevent swallows from nesting on structures:
    • Bird Slide - A commercially available exculsionary material to prevent swallows from nesting on structures. Bird Slide blocks the right angle swallows prefer and excludes them from applying mud to the surface of the structure.
    • Coroplast - a commercially available product that can be applied to vertical surfaces under the eaves of structures to prevent swallows from nesting.  Apply the coraplast directly to the exterior wall of the structure under the eave.  The slick plastic surface will prevent the mud from nest-building to stick to the surface of the structure.  Tap Plastics sells coroplast.  Clear plexiglass sheets can be used in the same application as coroplast.
Help protect swallows and other nesting birds by educating your community!  Download our poster and display it in a public area or send it to a homeowner or business in need of a friendly reminder about the laws protecting our native and nesting birds.  

Excellent information about the life history, 30 years of field research and commonly asked questions about Cliff Swallows can be found at the Cliff Swallow Project.
Build a catio to keep cats safely contained, healthy and happy.  

Learn more about the conservation crisis caused by free-roaming cats and what you can do to help keep our native songbirds and your pet safe.



Safe backyard bird-feeding practices


Here's a great resource from ornithologist and woodpecker expert, Stephen Shunk.  It is an excerpt from his recent book Woodpeckers of North America.  


Your garden is your outdoor sanctuary.  With some careful plant choices, it can be a haven for native birds as well.  Landscaped with native species, your yard, patio, or balcony becomes a vital recharge station for migratory birds passing through and a sanctuary for nesting and overwintering birds.

Each patch of restored native habitat is just that - a patch in the frayed fabric of the ecosystem in which it lies.  By landscaping, or wildscaping, with native plants, we can turn a patchwork of green spaces into a quilt of restored habitat. More native plants mean more choices of food and shelter for native birds, native pollinators and other wildlife. 

Here are some great resources to help you wildscape your backyard and create a bird-friendly garden!

California Native Plant Society's Calscape helps you find plants native to your area of California, determine which plants are best for your area, where to buy plants and how to grow them.  

California Native Plant Society's Grow Native program provides information about habitat gardening, how to plan a native plant garden, tips for plant propagation and more.

If you live in Sonoma County, you can find a large selection of California native plants at California Flora Nursery in Fulton.  And their staff is incredibly helpful!

You can mark your calendar for the second Saturday in October to shop at the Milo Baker CNPS chapter's annual native plant sale.  Great selection of plants and your purchase supports the chapters good work!

Our favorite habitat gardening books: 
  • Bringing Nature Home by Douglas Tallamy
  • Nature's Best Hope by Douglas Tallamy
  • California Native Gardening by Helen Popper
  • The California Wildlife Habitat Garden by Nancy Bauer
  • Gardening with a Wild Heart by Judith Larner Lowry

Native Songbird Care & Conservation offers a Wildscaping for Songbirds presentation
.  For more information or to schedule a presentation for your community, gardening or conservation group, please contact us at

Review our Wildscaping Tips and Plant List for ideas and inspiration to create your own garden sanctuary for songbirds.

Visit our native habitat garden! Our garden is part of the California Native Plant Society Garden Ambassador ProgramGroup tours of the garden can be arranged September through March.  Call us at 707-484-6502 for more information.

Other ways to visit our garden:
Join us for one of our Songbirds in the Garden events on the second Saturday of the month, April through August.  More information can be found on our News page. Call 707-484-6502 to reserve your spot.  We also open the garden for tours during our annual open house in November.  Check our website and facebook page in the fall for date and details.

Photo:  A section of the Songbird Sanctuary Habitat Garden at Native Songbird Care & Conservation.


Found an injured bird, but you're not in Sonoma County?  Find a licensed rehabilitator near you at California Fish and Wildlife Department.

Found and injured bird, but you're not in California?  Find a licensed rehabilitator near you at Animal Help Now.


Madrone Audubon Society

Redwood Regional Ornithological Society

Sonoma County Bird Watching Spots

California Audubon

American Bird Conservancy

Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Website Builder