Chainsaw Birdhouses – Central Saanich BC

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I’ve noticed these improvised birdhouses popping up around the rural area of Central Saanich, outside of Victoria. (The examples shown here are on the edge of Centennial Park in Saanichton). Dead trees in the area have been completely topped, leaving only the trunks behind. Presumably this minimizes the danger to people (and power lines) when the tree eventually falls, while still providing a habitat and food source for local birds, plants and animals. Some of the tree trunks have been chain-sawed to create these rough and ready birdhouses.

Now, I’m not sure if these will actually be used by birds, but perhaps that’s not the intent. Wether they’re functional or not, the barren tree trunks are certainly more attractive with the birdhouses on top and the form serves as a kind of signage, reminding us why these very dead trees have been left standing… or maybe someone is just having a little fun. After some digging I still haven’t been able to figure out who that someone is (municipal workers, CRD, parks?), but they’re work certainly captured my attention. I’ll update this post when I find out more.

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