Habitat Trees and Wildlife Snags

Habitat Trees
and Wildlife Snags

Trees provide critical habitat to our favorite songbirds, ducks and mammals. Both living and dead habitat trees are important for the nesting, foraging, and perching needs of birds.

We offer a number of specialized arborist services related to habitat trees and wildlife snags.  

We consider habitat trees those trees being preserved as a living asset and providing many habitat qualities. On the other hand, wildlife snags consist of dead trees and are considered vertical deadwoodWildlife snags are normally actively decaying, while habitat trees may be regenerating.  

We commonly perform the following services related to habitat trees and wildlife snags:  

  • Habitat Tree and Wildlife Snag Conversion
  • Coronet and Fracture Pruning to Conceal Large Cuts
  • Bird Nest Box and Bat Den Installation into Wildlife Snags
  • Build Bird Boxes and Bat Dens Outside of Habitat Trees
  • Wildlife Snag Installations

Both habitat trees and wildlife snags are usually created or converted from high-risk or hazardous living trees and after conversion have a very low risk of failure. 

Conversions to habitat trees and wildlife snags are great ways to effectively manage dead, diseased or hazardous trees safely while preserving the landscape aesthetic large trees and support dwindling avian populations.

Concerned about your local bird populations or want to learn more about the birds that live near you?  Consider signing up for a Bird Tour, our service designed to identify and recommend best practices for appreciating and supporting avian wildlife on your property.  

Services Explained

Habitat Tree and Wildlife Snag Conversions are applied when you have a high-risk tree, or a tree blocking a certain viewshed which you want removed. Instead of fully removing the specimen, you can retain a portion of the tree trunk, usually between 15 and 40 feet tall, to act as bird habitat and a unique landscape feature. 

Coronet and Fracture Pruning are used to cover large tree wounds used in the habitat/wildlife conversion. Generally speaking, the conversion is similar to topping a tree, so arborist have developed precise techniques to camouflage the large cuts into a natural setting. Coronet and fracture pruning typically make these large cuts appear as a normal, natural trunk breakage.  

Many general tree service companies either lack the skill, or sometimes the available time, to apply coronet or fracture pruning techniques on removed trees. To manicure a flat cut stump 30 feet in the air takes skill and precision with the chainsaw.  

We install Specialized Bird Nest Boxes for specific species in living trees and likewise install specific bird nesting into trees using special chainsaw techniques. In additional to bird nest boxes, we install Bat Dwelling and Bird Perching platforms, include osprey platforms and bald-eagle platforms.

Our bird nest boxes are designed by local experts on avian nesting, and educators at the Dungeness Audubon Society.

Looking for these services? Contact us today.