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Letter: Birds benefit from your standing, dead trees

Birds benefit from your standing, dead trees

Nesting season is finally here, and thousands of migrating birds are trickling back into our valley to nest and spend the summer season raising their young.

Before you cut down that dying or dead tree, please consider pruning instead to eliminate any hazards.

Dead and decadent trees — including cottonwood and aspen — provide valuable habitat for cavity-nesting birds, including a number of woodpecker species, nuthatch, kestrels, owls and our beautiful mountain bluebirds. Birds are beneficial in controlling insects, making conservation prudent.

Leave large snags on your trees so that the birds may utilize the limbs for nesting. You don’t need to be an ornithologist to make a difference.

Sue Mozian

Basalt


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