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Mailbag Monday Christmas Trees Helping Birds

By December 3, 2012

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It's Mailbag Monday time, and Alice from Kansas asks a great seasonal question this week...

"Every Christmas, my husband and I debate getting a real tree or a fake one, but which would be best for the birds? I don't like the idea of cutting down a tree every year, but he says it can actually help birds."

It may seem like cutting down trees for the holidays is irresponsible, but many Christmas tree farms use sustainable techniques and there are always trees available for wildlife. Furthermore, it's easy to recycle Christmas trees for birds, and if you choose a potted tree, you can even replant it in the spring to create more bird habitat. Of course, an artificial tree can be reused many times, so it can help birds as well by creating less demand for real trees. Chosen responsibly and used well, either tree can help birds!

Do you have a birding question you'd like answered? Submit it to Mailbag Monday, or browse the recent question archive to see what other birders are asking!

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