Folsom community rallies to prevent a tragedy for nesting Green Herons

Green Heron support team. Photo by City of Folsom By Gillian Martin Pick a champion, any one! At least half a dozen stand out in a bird crisis-aversion action that was undertaken this week in the town of Folsom, north-east of Sacramento, CA. In previous years, Green Herons nested in an unsuitable tree overhanging a public right of way. The … 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

Taking the ‘defect’​ out of tree risk-benefit management strategies

Photo by Joe Galkowski By Acer Ventura The word ‘Defect’ no longer appears in any of VALID’s Tree Risk-Benefit Management Strategies. Even though it was there in the qualified form of ‘Obvious Tree Defects’, the tree defect issue has been knocking at the door of reasonable, proportionate, and reasonably practicable tree risk-benefit management for a while now. The volume was … Read More