How Your Tree Helps Wildlife in Winter

Sugar Maple leaves with pupa; Persimmon; Oak leaf with gall; Red oak acorns

“Wondering how trees help birds and wildlife survive a Nashville winter?”

That’s the first sentence in my short piece at The Nashville Tree Conservation Corps, called “How Your Tree Helps Wildlife in Winter.” My goal was to highlight “essential services” that only native trees can give to our birds, butterflies, and other animal neighbors.

Even if you already know the answers, take a look? Are there other stories I should have included in the allotted word count? We all want readers to fall in love with what native trees can do.

A tree from another continent—like Gingko, Crepe-Myrtle, Japanese Maple—isn’t going to do much for wildlife year-round, except offer a place to sit. But a native Oak or Eastern red-cedar or Hackberry can help in *countless* ways with food, water, space, and shelter: even in winter.

To read the article, click the blue URL in the Instagram block below, or click here.

This is my third “Going Nature” piece for the NTCC: a tireless organization dedicated to protecting and growing Nashville’s urban canopy.
The first two were:

Writing these is my small way to contribute, but I want native trees to bring out BIG voices in all of us.

We do not have enough time and space to plant trees just for decoration…
At the end of each are Share buttons and a little heart. If you’d like The Nashville Tree Conservation Corps to add more articles about native trees, please click the heart, or Share via your choice of social media.
All of Nashville’s tree organizations need to hear from us stakeholders that native trees are our most “essential utilities.”

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Joanna Brichetto is a naturalist and writer in Nashville, the hackberry-tree capital of the world.
She writes about everyday marvels amid everyday habitat loss, and her essays have appeared in Creative NonfictionBrevity, Fourth Genre, Hippocampus, The Hopper, Flyway, The Common, Stonecrop Review, The Fourth River and other journals.

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