FORT COLLINS, COLO. (June 18, 2018) – A new kind of flower has arrived in Fort Collins’s Old Town Square: native ones. This year, the City of Fort Collins partnered with Audubon Rockies to plant its first all native garden bed in Old Town Square. The garden is part of Audubon Rockies’s Habitat Hero Program, which provides Coloradans with the knowledge and resources to plant bird-friendly gardens with native plants.

“Bird-friendly gardens beautify our community and connect it to nature,” says Jamie Weiss, Habitat Hero coordinator. “As northern Colorado’s population grows, it’s increasingly important to provide habitat for wildlife. Bird-friendly gardens are a great way to do so.” Visitors can see the new garden in the walkway between Ben and Jerry’s and Bondi Beach Bar and Grill.

Penstemon bloom in the new bird-friendly garden in Fort Collins’s Old Town Square. Photo courtesy of Evan Barrientos/Aubudon

Additionally, the City of Loveland planted a bird-friendly garden last year at the Loveland Visitor Center. Now in full bloom, this garden aims to inspire people to welcome birds into their communities. Both gardens will have private ribbon cutting ceremonies in early July. Fort Collins will unveil its new garden on July 2 at Coppersmith’s Pub in Old Town Square. Loveland will do so on July 10 at the Loveland Visitor Center.

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The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow, throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon Rockies is the regional office for Wyoming and Colorado. Audubon’s state programs, nature centers, chapters and partners have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire and unite diverse communities in conservation action. Since 1905, Audubon’s vision has been a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization. Learn how to help at www.rockies.audubon.org and follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram at @audubonrockies.