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Tacoma’s Urban Waters: The birds agree, they’re snags.

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on June 4, 2010 at 11:01 am with 1 Comment »
June 4, 2010 11:14 am

We recently covered the opening of the City of Tacoma’s new $38 million Center for Urban Waters facility on the east side of the Thea Foss waterway.  Among the features we detailed in our coverage about the highly technical, ultra green science and environment complex were several curious additions to the landscape on the Foss side of the building.

Part of a recent Urban Waters blog post included this:

(And by the way, those “dead trees” you see in front of the building? City officials want you to know they’re not dead trees at all. “They’re snags,” said assistant public works director Jim Parvey – and manmade ones at that, strategically fashioned from natural materials and installed by contractors to attract wildlife. People will enjoy the distinction, Parvey assured me, once they see bald eagles perched upon the lifeless branches.)

It now seems that Parvey was right — and he has the proof.  This morning, he sent me the following email:

Hi Lewis,
Thought you might be interested in this.
The birds agree they are “snags” not “dead trees.”
Best regards,

Parvey’s message followed with an email circulating among city staffers, replete with a montage of photographic evidence — including these pics of an osprey taking roost in one of the faux snags:

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  1. Dead snags are an important part of a healthy ecosystem. Though they look a little strange out there without live trees, good for the Urban Waters for adding the feature.
    Bryan Flint
    Executive Director
    Tahoma Audubon

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