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To convince homeowners to cultivate more bird-friendly natives, Tallamy says, “we first need to put numbers on the consequences of landscaping with nonnative plants.” Two years ago, he and Marra received a National Science Foundation grant to do just that and found an eager participant in Narango. Working through the Smithsonian’s Neighborhood Nestwatch program —a 13-year-old, citizen-science effort—Narango installed more than 100 nest boxes during the 2013 and 2014 breeding seasons in backyards in and around Washington, D.C. At each site, she asked homeowners to observe the boxes for nesting activity and to record all observations on the project’s website. In yards where chickadee pairs became active, Narango and Rajbhandary (above) quantified the amount of native and nonnative woody vegetation within each pair’s territory and measured the abundance of caterpillars and ot...

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