The Lives of Trees: What lives in and around and on trees
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The Hickory Tree’s Land
Changes in the land in the life time of a hickory tree
by John Hanson Mitchell
Lessons on the Links Between Species and Habitats
Mass Audubon and its partner conservation organizations have advanced their approach to protect nature not only at the species level but at a broader ecosystems scale.
by Henry Tepper, President
The Maple on the Common
If they are not cut down to make way for development, most old trees live on to witness the destruction of the land around them. The opposite is true for the maple tree on Dana Common. The land grew wilder.
by Thomas Conuel
A little lesson on the inner workings of trees—how they obtain and distribute nutrients and how in the process they have helped maintain life on earth, and more recently help slow global climate change
by Teri Dunn Chace
The World of Woodpeckers
The lesson of this story is to leave dead trees standing; the local woodpeckers will appreciate it.
by Wayne Petersen
The Life and Death of the Crocker Maple
For years a single tree on Mass Audubon’s Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary was the focal point of the property. But after 175 years its life finally came to a natural end.
by Joe Choiniere
The Ghost in the Woods
Tree rings, which mark the annual growth years of a living tree, can record the events of past centuries, including periods of cold and drought as well as warming trends.
by Gayle Goddard-Taylor
The Oak Tree’s World
A single oak tree, and in fact any single deciduous or coniferous tree, provides a mini-habitat for innumerable species of insects and other invertebrates.
by Michael J. Caduto
Forest Insect Pests
Not all the insects that live on a tree are beneficial.
by John Burk
Notes from the Real World
Trees are one of the most successful classes of plants and have played a role in history and myth—not all of it bright and beautiful.
by Chris Leahy
The Political Landscape
Ancient trees are still with us, thanks to a variety of flukes. But in our time they need protection.
by Karen Heymann and E. Heidi Ricci
In the Field
An excerpt from Mass Audubon’s State of the Birds 2013 on the status of forest birds describes them as doing well for the most part.
by Chris Leahy
At Our Sanctuaries
Birder/blogger Chris Leuchtenburg accomplished a formidable task—birding, photographing, and blogging about all 54 Mass Audubon sanctuaries in a single year.
by Ann Prince