Fall/Winter 2013-2014

The Lives of Trees: What lives in and around and on trees

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Fall 2013 issue of Sanctuary Magazine

Editor's Column

The Hickory Tree’s Land
Changes in the land in the life time of a hickory tree

by John Hanson Mitchell

President's Message

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

Tree Work

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