I have done this for many years. My mom taught us to recycle our trees and my siblings and I have all done it since childhood. We take the tree into the yard and tie it to the trunk of a bare deciduous tree for some extra shelter. It is a lovely way to help the birds and extend the useful life of the tree. I was interested to find that on the coast of NC (and perhaps elsewhere) they have places for everyone to bring their trees and they use them to help rebuild and fortify the dunes - very cool! Mona Bearor South Glens Falls -----Original Message----- From: Vermont Birds [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Walter Medwid Sent: Saturday, January 04, 2014 11:58 AM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: [VTBIRD] New use for old Xmas tree For the past few years I've taken our tree, stand and all to a spot on the deck where our feeders are located. The chickadees make great use of it as a place to open seeds, tree sparrows routinely feed below the tree and it does offer some safe haven from predators. And just several yards from our viewing window it offers an opportunity to observe behaviors from the comfort of being indoors especially during these sub zero mornings. There's something satisfying as well about extending the value and use of this locally harvested resource. Not as exciting as the snowy and hawk owls so many of you are spotting but neat to see how quickly species adapt to this new object in their midst. From Derby.