Dead or Alive, Palms can Pose Increased Safety Risks for Birds, Tree care Providers and the Public

Photo by Sandrine Biziaux Scherson By Gillian Martin Palms are nesting and roosting sites for birds and other wildlife. In the western region of the United States, orioles, Cassin’s Kingbirds, starlings, egrets, herons and a variety of small mammals use them regularly. Because of their height and crown configuration, and because skirts of dead fronds may surround the stem, it … Read More

A Doughnut-hole Tree is a Story of a Misplaced Tree

Photo by Toto_G Utility companies and tree care providers take no pleasure in creating misshapen trees. They know aggressive and unnatural pruning is usually harmful to a tree’s health and may reduce its life expectancy. Wildlife advocates know it reduces habitat as well. And all agree it reduces a tree’s aesthetic and economic value. However, avoiding conflicts with power lines … Read More

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