by Donna Lewis
Trees that have died and are still standing (snags), and trees that have fallen provide many homes and food for wildlife. Here are some examples.
- Excavated cavities provide homes for woodpeckers.
- When they leave a cavity, secondary nesters move in. These include chickadees, titmice, wrens, and bluebirds.
- The hollow part of limbs also house owls, raccoons, squirrels, and some bats.
- Many invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals live in or on fallen trees.
- Fireflies use decaying logs to complete their life cycle.
- The hollow trunks provide homes for skunks, foxes, mice, and weasels, to name a few.
That’s a ton of uses as a tree finishes its life. It helps coming and going….as a fallen tree decomposes it provides nutrients back to the forest floor.
So, you might think twice before cutting a grand old tree that has died down. Of course there are times when you have to remove one, like being too close to a structure or fence. But if it’s a safe distance, then save it for our wildlife.
Everything has a purpose. Hug a tree today.