Don’s Jersey Birding: Birds depend on Native plants in your backyard

By Don Torino

New Jersey is far more densely populated than any other state in the union and it is even more crowded than Japan or India. It is estimated that in 25 years New Jersey may be the first state to reach “Build out” which means all the land that is left will be either preserved or built upon. All of us that have grown up here know that many of the woods and fields where we learned to love wildlife no longer exist, and to make matters worse not only are we in losing land to development but we are also losing land to invasive plant species.