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

‘Red-shafted’ Northern Flicker by J. Omar Hansen by Gillian MartinThe 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 less … Read More

Hummingbirds: Considerations for tree care providers in western North America

Female Allen’s with fledglings by Peggy Honda. by Gillian MartinBrazen, dazzling and confounding. How else would you describe a hummingbird? Just for fun weigh two pennies in your palm. On average, hummers weigh even less. And this is true. They flap their wings 200 times per minute. How? By investing 30% of their body weight in flight muscles. To supply … Read More

Why Change our Minds about Birds we are Inclined to Hate

by Gillian Martin Did a person but know the value of an enemy, he would purchase him with pure gold    —Raunci Have you spent time looking for family members on genealogy websites? It’s great fun, isn’t it, to discover look-alikes and common traits among newly discovered relatives. There are birds likely around you every day that are related…but perhaps you were … Read More