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Wildlife Tree Reporter

A wildlife tree is, quite simply, a tree that provides a habitat or living space for various wildlife, like nesting birds. The tree can be alive or dead—as long as it is standing. In forests across B.C., over 90 different plants and animals live in wildlife trees. Bats, birds, bears and insects find food and shelter, build their nests or dens and raise their young—all in wildlife trees.

Within a forest, wildlife trees play a very important role in the ecosystem by contributing and encouraging biological diversity. As with areas throughout B.C., urban encroachment and other human activities have had a significant impact on the number of wildlife trees in the Columbia River Basin. Perhaps the most important wildlife trees are the mature ones or mixed tree stands which support a wide variety of wildlife.

How You Can Help

Like with the other citizen science tools here on the Biodiversity Atlas, a first step (and significant benefit) is in gathering simple information about the location, number and type of wildlife trees you may know about. To first identify them, look for signs like woodpecker activity, holes or nests, tree cones around the base and fresh wood chips and/or owl pellets—all these are good indications that the tree is being used as a home. Wildlife trees are often also found near surrounding forest cover and not too far from a water source. To report a wildlife tree sighting, click on the "Launch Reporter" image at right.

Resources

Wildlife Tree Committee of British Columbia
http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hfp/values/wildlife/WLT/index.htm

Wildlife Trees of British Columbia
http://www.wildbc.org/publications-resources/wildlifetreesinbc/guide.pdf

 

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