Trees are trees, so why would diversity matter?

by Gary Balcerak You may have heard people bemoaning the lack of diversity among the species that make up the urban forest of your community and thought, why would it matter? It turns out there are numerous reasons why it matters. Protection from a single pathogen killing off a large portion of the urban forest in a short amount of … Read More

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Photo by Mucky 38 By Gillian Martin As American as apple pie, vanilla ice cream and the national anthem, the robin is an icon of urban backyards, parks, farmlands, fruit orchards and clearings in forests. Its melodic warble, “Cheerily, cheer up, cheer up” spills from tree tops anywhere there is short grass or meadow. Thirty-three poems have its name in … Read More

Northern Flicker: Considerations for Tree Care Providers in Western North America

‘Red-shafted’ Northern Flicker by J. Omar Hansen by Gillian Martin The Northern Flicker is the second largest, most widespread and migratory woodpecker in North America (except for Hawaii which has no woodpeckers). Unlike most other woodpeckers, its coloration is suited for its ground foraging habits. An untrained eye would find little to suggest this bird is a woodpecker, and even … Read More