Subject: [Tweeters] Beyond Grass - WNPS Blog - Botanical Rambles
Date: Fri Aug 5 06:24:16 PDT 2022
From: Steve Hampton - stevechampton at

Thanks, Dan, for your articles.

I'm in the process of converting a large lawn to native plants,
pollinators, and, yes, a few non-natives that attract birds -- crocosmia
and cotoneaster come to mind.

good birding,

On Fri, Aug 5, 2022 at 4:51 AM Dan Reiff <dan.owl.reiff at> wrote:

> Hello Tweeters,

> Great to see some discussion on Tweeters.


> I share some research and some news articles regarding birds with

> Tweeters. Some are from science journals, some from mass media sources. I

> enjoy the articles that others post as well.

> The Stewart article was found on my morning read of stories on Apple news.

> Because many people follow Apple news stories, I thought others could be

> interested in what a popular influencer, with some, person, is sharing with

> her readers and the press.


> When I post/ share an article, it doesn't mean I endorse the content, only

> that I find it to be interesting and hope that some others on Tweeters may

> also.


> I am a big fan of native plants and have many.


> Anyone out there have a few non native plant species to attract

> hummingbirds?


> At one time, the speculation was that Anna's Hummingbirds began over-

> wintering and eventually became year round residents, because of some

> people planting and maintaining some non-native "exotic" flowering plants

> among their native vegetation, and eventually adding that year-round nectar

> source- the hummingbird feeder. And I believe that Anna's year round

> continue to be a wonderful addition to Western WA and a delight to many.


> We have a few Cisco recommend, hummingbird and insect attracting flowering

> plants on our deck. The hummers seem to love them and they provide nectar

> at times our native plants do not.

> Those are in addition to our native plants, not instead of or as

> replacements.


> Please see the link below regarding grasses and lawns.

> Are lawns in Western WA from native grass species?

> Lawns are replacements for native plants and often take up large areas of

> properties.

> I respect each individual's choice regarding lawns.

> Has anyone tried the suggestions below? Or other options?


> With respect and

> Best regards,

> Dan Reiff

> MI






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​Steve Hampton​
Port Townsend, WA (qatáy)