Re-thinking a Moratorium on Tree Care for Birds

The welfare of trees, birds and humans are linked. Trees are not only vital habitat for birds, but they provide many ecosystem functions that benefit humans.  Energy savings, water sequestration and cleaner air are just a few examples.  By caring for trees properly we reduce the chance of pests and disease, increase their longevity, reduce the impact of climate change … Read More

Urban trees are not enough. Home gardens matter.

Photo by Sandrine Biziaux Scherson Trees cannot meet the needs of all urban birds.  This is especially true of some of the non-native and exotic species commonly planted in California’s urban and suburban areas.  Furthermore, some birds are primarily ground foragers and shrub nesters.  It’s wonderful really, how wildlife partition and share the resources within their habitats.  Reduced competition is the … Read More

How many people does it take to rescue a baby owl?

Here’s a story as good as just-baked bread! On March 16 at seven in the morning “Cocoa’s” persistent barking sounded the first alarm.  Hollywood Hills homeowner, Debi Henningsen, could not ignore her miniature pincher’s ruckus and urging to follow him outdoors.  Sure enough, Cocoa had good reason!  As still as an owl can be, a baby Great Horned Owl sat … Read More