Created By: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Deciduous and evergreen trees are both important in landscapes where they are native. Evergreens, with year-round foliage provide excellent shelter for wildlife and refugue from inclement weather. Evergreens are also prone to beetle or insect infestations making them a food source for woodpeckers, sapsuckers and other insectivorous birds. This drilling activity results in cavities being created for secondary nesting birds, like bluebirds. Decidious trees, often teaming with caterpillars and other insects during spring, summer and fall are excellent food sources for insectivores and nesting songbirds. The leaf litter of decidious trees becomes an important overwintering area for insects, so whenever possible, leaves from decidious trees should be left on site. Here, fallen leaves carpet the forest floor --a feature you can emmulate at home, while reducing your Fall workload. Click here to earn more about evergreens. Click here to learn more about the importance of leaf litter.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Habitat Network: Improving Habitat at Home