Life in a Dead Tree

Living trees provide food and shelter to wildlife, but what about dear pr dying trees?? Just as they did when they were healthy and living, dead and dying trees are critical elements of habitat for many animals. Like any living things trees have, infancy, youth, maturity, old age and death. As a tree ages and eventually dies, changes in its bark, wood and other parts create habitat for animals suited to each stage in the life and death of a tree. Insects bore in, to prepare the way for fungi, bacteria and other small creatures. Dear trees are called “snags” and when snags fall to the ground they are then called “logs”.

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