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We make a brush pile to give the birds some added shelter in the winter and always add our Xmas tree to it. Scott Stoner, Albany NY

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Mona Bearor <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>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.