Another great idea is to have your backyard certified as a wildlife habitat! Part of which, is the importance of including native plants in your yard.
(and on a personal note) I have such happy news ~ and just in time for the nesting season!! On top of my honey-do list (actually this was the ONLY thing on the list) DH finally took the bluebird box down a few weeks ago expecting to see 14 nests CRAMMED inside. To our amazement, after many, many successful nestings, there was only ONE. I can't tell you what a relief it was for both of us.
And the best news? Yesterday morning I saw a female Eastern Bluebird sitting on top of the box with a twig in her beak! This is how I spell S.U.C.C.E.S.S!! Truly, there are no words to describe how it feels to know you are part of the continuation of a species!
"I wish you bluebirds in the spring,
To give your heart a song to sing,
And then a kiss,
But more than this, I wish you love!"
excerpt from "I Wish You Love"
sung by Frank Sinatra, written by A. A. Beach & C. Trenet.