Even if you have a yard full of native grasses and wildflowers, it still might be tempting to mow it given concerns about wildfire and during periods of drought. Mowing, however, has many negative consequences for birds and other wildlife. It can further desiccate the native plant life and inhibit it from regenerating. Without vegetation covering the soil, erosion can become a problem and invasive weeds can take over. The birds and other wildlife we enjoy seeing in our yards require what healthy habitat provides—food, water, cover, and places to raise young. Because mowing eliminates the cover and food for wildlife, it creates a biological desert. So allow the wildlife to benefit from your native yard, and spend time on being a steward of your yard instead of on mowing it.