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Tree Care for Birds training opportunity

Tree Care for Birds training opportunity

Sims Tree Care is one of California’s premium leaders in offering to the tree care industry just the type of training that we advocate. Here are two upcoming dates and locations in Northern and Southern California where this training will shortly be available. Please see flyers attached.      

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Nest boxes for House Wrens.  An unhelpful plan.

Nest boxes for House Wrens. An unhelpful plan.

We are happy to say that this native cavity-nesting bird, the House Wren, does not need the added assistance of nest boxes.  And we further want to offer reasons why we should avoid increasing their housing opportunities by artificial means. This charming songster is the most abundant cavity-nester in North America!  It’s population is 160,000,000 […]

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Our historic tree succumbs to the storm

Our historic tree succumbs to the storm

This pitiful dead tree in a county park in California held great meaning for us; but yesterday’s record-breaking  storm in California was beyond its endurance.   This is the tree that we and the wonderful park rangers worked so hard to shore up and preserve for another year.  It was not to be. Now more […]

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Existing and forecasted challenges for cavity-nesters

Existing and forecasted challenges for cavity-nesters

The Southern California Bluebird Club and the Cavity Conservation Initiative have a complimentary mission.  The first focuses on providing nest boxes for cavity-nesters, and the second advocates for the safe retention of dead trees which provide vital nesting habitat for these birds. After 20 years of providing nest boxes to stem the decline of bluebirds […]

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Hummingbirds finds meals in dead trees

Hummingbirds finds meals in dead trees

We have known for some time that hummingbirds dine on spiders found in their webs, and that they also use spiderwebs found at hole-entrances in dead trees.  Adding silk is a great way to give elasticity to a tiny tea-cup-size nest that must accommodate growing nestlings.  Look closely at the nest in the second photo and […]

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The Smithsonian Gardens stands up for dead trees!

The Smithsonian Gardens stands up for dead trees!

Arborists and wildlife advocates!   The Smithsonian Gardens boasted about saving a dead tree.  They, too, recognize its ecological benefits! Open this link to see why and how they went about it:  https://smithsoniangardens.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/a-second-life-for-a-dead-tree/

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A light called “Charlotte”

A light called “Charlotte”

Sometimes it feels a little lonely promoting the mission of the Cavity Conservation Initiative.  Let’s face it; we’re trying to get folks excited about  dead trees!  How easy is that?!  Can you imagine our delight to discover we have an ambassador in Illinois!  What’s more, she’s been working at this longer than we have!!  Meet author […]

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Here lies hope

Here lies hope

If you have ever held a swaddled newborn or can imagine several babies snugly bundled in one cradle, perhaps you can understand why we are so excited to have this object to share with you.  It’s an old woodpecker’s nursery.  Actually, you’re looking at more than a nursery, but an artifact representing a former partnership […]

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Untimely Evictions

Untimely Evictions

“Untimely Evictions” is the title of a recent blog by writer and naturalist Nancy Lawson in which she features the unintended wildlife casualties of tree pruning.  Nancy promotes humane gardening and devotes her website and writings for this purpose.   Please read her latest blog:  http://www.humanegardener.com Nancy contacted us earlier this year while she was […]

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View the master bird carpenter at work!

View the master bird carpenter at work!

Tara Tanaka saved a dead tree in her back yard.  View this amusing and awesome outcome!  Perhaps you could could find a safe way to do the same!  Here’s a wonderful reminder that there is no tree more valuable to wildlife than a dead tree!

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