Native plants are a part of our larger ecosystem, which includes birds, insects, and other animals too! Just as native plants help care for birds, birds can also help native plants out by spreading their seeds far and wide.
Birds love to snack on berries year-round. Native plants depend on mobile critters like birds and small mammals to spread their seeds to different areas. Birds often spread these seeds through their excrement, which provides the ideal incubation habitat for a variety of seeds.
Once these seeds are spread, about one-third of them will eventually grow into a mature, thriving plant. It is beneficial to the plant species as a whole to have more mature plants in a certain region as it greatly promotes cross-pollination. Cross-pollination leads to higher fruit and seed yields, which leads to more spreading and greater success of the species as a whole.