Not Any Fruit will do for a Bird

Cedar waxwings enjoy serviceberries.    Photo by USFWS In fall and winter many birds, even insectivorous species, consume wild fruit. Did you know that they are picky about what fruit they select? Not all fruits are nutritionally the same. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology Handbook of Bird Biology, Third Edition reports that a bird’s physiology limits which fruits it can easily … Read More

A Tree’s Success Starts with the Selection Process

What if a tree was able to vet its prospective owner and landscape before agreeing to be purchased? Arborists would smile and say ‘yes,’ a young tree would whistle at the possibility! A silly idea? Well hold on a minute and consider human history. SelectTrees.com is a super resource. Keep these key questions in mind as you give the website … Read More

The Dawn Chorus

Imagine what it would be like to hear a 24-hour time-lapse recording of the dawn chorus as it follows the spread of light across the planet.  Imagine the myriad of voices emanating from the forest floor and tree tops; birds announcing that they’ve made it through the night and still lay claim to their territory!  Science suggests there may be … Read More