The real trees of life in our little forest world are dead. Most people think of dead trees as something they have to get rid of. I suppose you have no choice if it’s on your roof or flattening your car. But what if it falls in the woods? That’s where most of our trees fall. They are dying or some kind of insect infestation or old age or insufficient sun. The strong winds blow and down they go.
The woodpeckers love them and munch on them all year round. Squirrels — red, gray, and flying — as well as chipmunks nest in them there. So do many birds. Everything eats there. Dead trees offer a wide range of insects for small mammals and birds. Many common birds — including Robins and Bluebirds — eat ONLY insects. They can’t eat or digest seeds.
When dead trees fall in your woods where they are not causing damage to your home or car, consider not removing them. They are a rich part of the ecosystem. For many small creatures and birds, they truly are trees of life.