Wildlife Cavity in a Hackberry Tree

Wildlife Cavity in a TreeProtecting snags (dead trees) benefits cavity nesting birds such as chickadees, woodpeckers, tree swallows, owls, others.

If the snag is in a location where it might cause a safety or other concern, consider cutting it about 15 feet above ground. Leaving the tall stump will provide nesting and foraging spots for cavity nesters.

Some property owners on land without snags have created them using small tree trunks placed vertically in the ground like tall (15 feet) fence posts.

For more information:

Landscape Plants for Wildlife (printable .pdf): This NebGuide lists some of the plants that benefit songbirds and other wildlife in Nebraska. It includes information about plants, their wildlife benefits, and where they grow best.

Backyard Wildlife: Planting for Habitat: information on planning and planting for wildlife habitat in the backyard.

If you have to cut down or clear out some wood, read Heating With Wood:
Producing, Harvesting and Processing Firewood
(printable .pdf)


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