This Wisconsin native plant, Wild Strawberry (Fragaria spp.), fruits attract 53 species of birds, including Northern Flicker, Wood Thrush, Cedar Waxwing, Eastern Towhee, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.
Not only is this native plant great for the birds but we can eat it too! They are quite a bit smaller than commercially grown strawberries but this tiny little fruit packs a lot of flavor.
They can be found in shady areas in the woods or growing along side the road in the ditches. The Wild Strawberry flowers appear in April and May. By June and July the berries are ready for picking. This is a perfect berry for making preserves.
The picture to the left is what you should be looking for in April and May, then check back in a few months and you should have berries, that is if the birds don’t get to them first!