|A young Nuttall's woodpecker peaks out of the nest, which was excavated by the male inside the dried spike of an agave Americana plant located in the Heritage Garden at Casta del Sol in Mission Viejo. Photo by Bill Kress.|
This letter to the editor ran April 23 in the O.C. Register. You can read the story in my blog.
Jennifer J. Meyer's article "Dead trees are lifesavers for many birds" explains very clearly the surprising truth that standing dead trees are essential for many species of wildlife. It is very important for people in urban areas to preserve wisely pruned dead limbs and trees, when safe to do so, for the birds, mammals and reptiles trying to live between our close-together homes. Life is more interesting for us to observe nature close at hand and safer for the creatures to have the habitat they must have. Thanks to the Orange County Register, Ms. Meyer and Gillian Martin for spreading this important scientific information.