Magazine article American Forests

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Magazine article American Forests

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WINTER

Hi! I'm Blanch. I'm a branch broker. Tree Branch Brokers help birds and animals in the forest find the right home.

During winter many animals go into a deep sleep, or hibernation, to save their energy so they can survive during the cold months.

Various animals, birds, and insects have different needs when looking for a home. Some use old tree trunks and fallen branches for their winter's rest, while others store the food they collected during summer and autumn in tree cavities. Many birds, like the redheaded woodpecker, become homebuilders for other animals to hibernate when they carve out holes looking for food.

Even though deciduous trees lose their leaves during the winter and cannot provide food for animals, trees still provide shelter for animals to live. Chipmunks, squirrels, weasels, and raccoons are some of the wildlife that make trees their vacation home during winter. Insects and mice also find good use from the fallen leaves as cozy blankets. …

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