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Owl saves old tree in Newburyport

Timber the Eastern Screech-Owl's home is safe in Newburyport. Photo Credit: Nancy Smith
Nancy Smith photo
Timber the owl's home is safe in Newburyport.

An old maple tree in Newburyport’s historic Cushing Park, home to an Eastern screech owl, has been saved from the chainsaw. The large tree had been identified as a danger to park visitors because of falling branches, but after residents and local birdwatchers informed the Parks Department of the owl, less intrusive plans have been made to trim some branches and allow the main hollow trunk to remain. To minimize stress on the owl, which has been nicknamed Timber by the Parks Department, pruning is planned for evening hours, when it is off hunting.

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