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Snags are our friend...
#518654 03/31/20 10:22 PM
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Recent PB magazine article talked about creating habitat for non-fish wildlife. In particular, I noticed that dead trees, sometimes called "snags," are recommended for many bird species. Don't cut them down unless truly necessary for safety!

Well, I have observed exactly that process working at our pond. We have maybe 10 or 12 snags around the water, most of them due to inundation. We've seen a pair of eagles frequently using them, plus a pileated woodpecker, and now two pairs of beautiful wood ducks. No need for us to make wood duck houses when they have snags.

Some day the snags will fall in the water, of course. But when they do, they'll serve as extra cover, benefiting the fish as well.

Last edited by anthropic; 03/31/20 10:24 PM.

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Re: Snags are our friend...
anthropic #518678 04/01/20 10:18 AM
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That’s neat

It's not about the fish. It's about the pond. Take care of the pond and the fish will be fine. PB subscriber since before it was in color.

Without a sense of urgency, Nothing ever gets done.

Boy, if I say "sic em", you'd better look for something to bite. Sam Shelley Rancher and Farmer Muleshoe Texas 1892-1985 RIP

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