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Aesthetic/Social Values

Beyond intrinsic value and beauty, trees have many aesthetic and social values placed upon them by people. Trees have a great effect on a person, let it be subconscious or conscious. When there are trees planted a person feels calm or soothed. A tree gives a sense of tranquility and peace even if in a city park or just a small grove. Subconsciously trees and other plants have often been said to have healing capabilities. Hospital patients have been known to recover from surgery more quickly when their hospital room offered a view of trees. Trees are aesthetically pleasing and can often break up the harsh lines of the city landscape. They can also shield or block unwanted sights or noises. A tree can live for many decades or even centuries if cared for properly. Since a tree can out last several generations they are often planted as memorials and we can place historical or emotional significance to a tree.

Urban trees also create a connection with nature which is often missing in many peoples lives who reside in urban areas. Trees can help form this connection with nature by themselves or by the wildlife they attract. In an urban area void of trees one would have a hard time seeing birds. Except for numerous pigeons many urban centers have very few species of birds. Trees provide vital habitat for birds of all kinds. Birds depend on trees for cover, nesting and food. There are over 45 species of birds that might nest in Broome Counties urban areas if there were trees. Besides the 45 species which could nest in the area there are more than four dozen migrant species that would possibly frequent our urban areas throughout the year if there were more trees present. Many people in rural settings enjoy watching birds in their own back yards. By planting trees you can encourage many different and exciting species to frequent your urban back yard and experience the enjoyment of watching birds from home.

Birds that might nest in Broome counties urban areas

American Crow
Baltimore Oriole
Black Capped Chickadee
Blue Jay
Brown Creeper
Brown Headed Cowbird
Cardinal
Carolina Wren
Cat Bird
Chimney Swift
Chipping Sparrow
Common Grackle
Downy Woodpecker
Fish Crow
Flicker
Hairy Woodpecker
Peregrine
American Kestrel
Killdeer
Rock Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Gray Catbird
House Finch
House Sparrow
House Wren
Merlin
Mocking Bird
Mourning Dove
Night Hawk
Pileated Woodpecker
Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Screech Owl
Song Sparrow
Starling
Tree Swallow
Tufted Titmouse
White Breasted Nuthatch
Yellow Warbler
Wood Thrush
Veery
American Robin
Red eyed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Northern Yellowthroat
American Goldfinch

Winter Residents

Purple Finch
Northern Junco
Tree Sparrow
Pine Siskin
Evening Grosbeak
White-throated Sparrow
Cedar Waxwing

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Last Updated: 9/28/10