Think of the birds, don't get rid of dead trees

  • Article by: JIM GILBERT
  • Updated: May 20, 2010 - 7:42 PM
Think of the birds, don't get rid of dead trees

In the wild, numerous species nest in cavities of standing dead trees, which are sometimes called snags. Many people are not aware of the value of dead, dying and hollow trees, as well as logs on the ground, for birds and other wildlife. The loss of suitable nesting sites is a major factor in the decline of some bird species.

Dead trees provide homes to hundreds of species of birds, mammals, amphibians, insects, fungi and other plants. Consider leaving dead and dying trees in your yard standing unless they pose a safety or property hazard. Also, be sure to use old logs and stumps in your gardens and landscaping for the benefit of wildlife.

JIM GILBERT

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