The number one rule about rescuing baby birds

When tragedy happens how often do we say, “If only… If only.”  Looking back on this story about two rescued baby Acorn Woodpeckers, “If only” applied not once, but three times in the decision-making process.  The outcome might have been more positive and less costly had those involved been better informed.  These circumstances included a construction crew (which likely removed … Read More

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