Attracting birds to a garden gives a different perspective and interest to a garden. Watching birds feeding, chasing and playing can offer many relaxing and entertaining hours to the gardener. Planning a garden to attract birds can be accomplished by simply putting out a feeder and some water, though the greatest mix of bird species occurs where several habitats come together. With the right mix of trees, shrubs, vines and lawn, the needs of many bird species can be met. Backyard birdwatching allows gardeners to reclaim a very small part of the natural world lost to them by houses and shopping centers. The following is a list of the major species and varieties of trees that will grow in our area and attract birds.