The ‘troublesome’ Sapsucker is a Good Neighbor to ‘double-dipping’ Forest Dwellers.

Red-naped Sapsucker xylum wells Sandrine Biziaux Scherson

Red-naped Sapsucker xylum wells. Photo by Sandrine Biziaux Scherson by Gillian Martin Throughout the year sapsuckers drill wells for sap in healthy and stressed trees. In early spring, the bird first drills narrow, circular wells into the tree’s xylem—the inner part of the trunk—to feed on sap moving up to the branches. After the tree leafs out, the sapsucker begins … Read More

Dead or Alive, Palms can Pose Increased Safety Risks for Birds, Tree care Providers and the Public

Photo by Sandrine Biziaux Scherson By Gillian Martin Palms are nesting and roosting sites for birds and other wildlife. In the western region of the United States, orioles, Cassin’s Kingbirds, starlings, egrets, herons and a variety of small mammals use them regularly. Because of their height and crown configuration, and because skirts of dead fronds may surround the stem, it … Read More

A Doughnut-hole Tree is a Story of a Misplaced Tree

Photo by Toto_G Utility companies and tree care providers take no pleasure in creating misshapen trees. They know aggressive and unnatural pruning is usually harmful to a tree’s health and may reduce its life expectancy. Wildlife advocates know it reduces habitat as well. And all agree it reduces a tree’s aesthetic and economic value. However, avoiding conflicts with power lines … Read More