Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Snags, Woodpiles & Wildlife

Presented by Virginia Overstreet

Do you like woodpeckers, owls, kestrels, nuthatches and bluebirds? If your answer is yes, don’t cut down that SNAG! SNAGS, often referred to as “The Wildlife Tree,” are dead tree trunks that are still standing. They provide shelter, perches, food and nesting sites for over 40 species of birds in Florida, as well as dozens of mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Along with snags, fallen logs and brush piles are beneficial to wildlife. Not only do they provide places to hide from predators, but the decaying wood is rich in food sources, such as fungi, ants, and grubs. Wildlife also uses dead wood as landmarks for navigation, basking platforms, perching and nesting. Learn which birds, and other animals, benefit from dead wood, and how to safely provide snags and woodpiles in your landscape to attract, shelter and feed them.

Our meetings are held at 7 pm at the Hillsborough County Extension Office 5339 County Road 579, Seffner, FL 33583 As usual, there will be light refreshments, and a native plant auction following the presentation.

Virginia Overstreet is the SNPS vice president and she has been a Florida Master Gardener Volunteer
since 2001. She has been a Certified Arborist since 2009. She enjoys gardening to attract birds, pollinators and.benefical insects.