What’s a tree to a bird?

Great Horned Owl asleep by Joe Chandler Not everyone cares about birds. Understandably, some are even considered a nuisance and pose very real conflicts for people. But pause to consider this. Birds represent an epic spanning about 160 million years of paleontological findings reveal they first evolved from dinosaurs. They are, however, products of evolutionary events both prior and after … Read More

Trees and Birds Face an Unexpected Adversary in the Energy-Savings Movement

by Gillian Martin It’s solar systems. From a carbon offset standpoint, they are a clear winner, but when trees block sunlight from hitting solar panels, electricity production is reduced. The result is that trees may have to be pruned significantly or even removed. These photos show an example of five trees that were managed for this purpose. When you see … Read More

Poorly Located Palms Pose Risks for People and Wildlife

Orioles and arborists could wholeheartedly concur on one thing. Planting palms in the wrong location can be a tragedy waiting to happen. This is particularly true in suburban areas where some palms pose safety and liability risks. Let’s spell out the complexities. Palm owners often hire tree pruners annually for a number of reasons. Dead fronds of some species can … Read More