Wednesday, January 18, 2012

January 18/ Nature Notes

Habitat tree, Windy Ridge Conservation Area

I bet more than a few of you are asking what's a "habitat tree" so I'm going to tell you. It's a natural environment where another plant or animal lives.  (Easy peasy, eh?)

In this tree's case, it is also a snag - a dead, standing tree.  And at the bottom there's a hollow where some animal, likely a porcupine, lives or has lived.  How did I know a porcupine lives/lived there? Truth time! There's a sign at the bottom of the tree that says porcupine scat was found there.

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15 comments:

Lowell said...

A sign? I'm so disappointed! I thought you would have at least stuck your hand in the hollow! Sheesh!

I have not heard the word "snag" used to refer to a dead, standing tree. Now I know why people used to refer to me as a snag.

I think I'm getting depressed. See you later!

Viola said...

Oh, so nice and lovely! This is absolutely good for the nature.. to let the tree stay, and shelter for a porcupine.. maybe some time ago then.. or the porcupine maybe have found a new home.. ?

I LOVE old trees, and this wa no exception!! :)

TexWisGirl said...

too funny about the sign!

Lois Evensen said...

Mother Nature provides the housing, we folks provide the signs. ;)

Liz said...

Lovely shot!

Barb said...

Lovely old tree. Where I came from a 'snag' was a single new age guy!! Thanks for enlightening me, lol.

George said...

Thanks for the education. The picture is wonderful as well.

Nature Rambles said...

Nice picture. I didn't know such trees were called by that name. Interesting!

Carver said...

Great shot and post. It's so important for trees (even "dead" ones)to be left in the woods as they provide a habitat for so many different living organisms.

Jack said...

You didn't need to confess. I would have believed that you are a genius.

eileeninmd said...

It is great habitat for the woodpeckers too, great capture and post.

Leora said...

Why do I think of Piglet or Owl or maybe Eeyore? Or maybe it was Pooh who had a sign outside his home?

Rambling Woods said...

Oh snags are lovely and I wish people would leave them alone..I had to laugh at the comment where someone asked you if you stuck your hand in there..LOL.....

jane said...

Love the tree shot - not sure about the porcupine sounds a bit fearsome - like best left alone! Jane UK

Celeste said...

What a wonderful old tree I bet the porcupine isn't the only one that uses it as a home!

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