This post has absolutely nothing to do with books in any way, but I don’t care. These little critters are just too cute to ignore, and I’ve been seeing tons of them while going on my afternoon walkies. I did some reading on chickadees this morning and found out that they’re really good for the environment too! They can help increase the growth of evergreen forests by as much as one-third. Here’s a synopsis of a CU Boulder study which was undertaken a year or two ago:
The study showed that chicadees and nuthatches removed various species of beetles, caterpillars, ants and aphids from tree branches, increasing the vigor of the trees, said study author Kailen Mooney. Mooney, who conducted the study as part of his doctoral research in CU-Boulder’s ecology and evolutionary biology department, said it is the first study to demonstrate that birds can affect the growth of conifers.
“In a nutshell, the study shows that the presence of these birds in pine forests increased the growth of the trees by helping to rid them of damaging insects,” said Mooney. “From the standpoint of the trees, it appears that the old adage, ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend,’ holds true.”***
This is pretty cool, huh? So, without further ado, I bring you my little chickadees. I love these little guys!