Despite the fact that here in Utah we aren't all out of the winter mode just yet, as we get closer to summer the brief 'tastes' of better weather and sunshine have many ready to get outdoors.

For homeowners, getting outdoors may mean picking up the rake and the yard tools to start cleaning up the lawn. Over the winter, most things get out of control. Take a look up into those bare trees and you'll want to shake down as much of the dead stuff as possible so that you can have thriving plants in the Spring and Summer!

Don't shake things down too hard, though...

Ever notice a big ball or bunch of leaves in the tree?

Looking up into your tree wondering what on earth is up there? Perhaps this closer look can help you determine what's going on above. 

What's With The Big Balls of Leaves In Your Trees?

We didn't mean for that to rhyme--but there's more to the big bunch of leaves in your tree this time of year!

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Have you spotted a 'drey' in your trees before? 

Birds don't nest through the freezing cold winters but it's likely that squirrels might--so, knocking down those leaves assuming empty birds' nest isn't always the best option.

After doing some digging online, we learned that in order to help you identify these 'dreys' that squirrels will build in our trees, there are a few things that can help you identify them.

First, birds tend to nest higher up and further out on the branches. They'll also often leave behind leaves and only use twigs to build their nests.

Squirrels will build closer to the trunk and you'll notice significant amounts of leaves. Other signs include scratch marks on the bark.

We love seeing little squirrels run around each Spring--they're adorable! Let's not knock them out of their homes!

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  • Always double-check specific regulations and licensing requirements before heading out. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) website is the most reliable source for the latest hunting information:
  • Be aware of hunting zones and boundaries. Different areas may have specific restrictions or closures.
  • Respect private property and landowner permissions.
  • Hunt ethically and sustainably.

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