Generally speaking, we love to get out the axe and chainsaw whenever we spot a dying or fallen tree. However, if a tree in your backyard is dying and must be removed, try to save at least part of it for wildlife. A length of fallen trunk on the ground makes a wonderful wildlife home. In time, it will transform into a new type of habitat. As it rots, the trunk will become damp and spongy. Mushrooms will appear, and animals like snakes and salamanders will lay their eggs in the moist wood. Beetles and ants will burrow under the bark or lay eggs. A decaying log is also a paradise for toads, moles, shrews, and many other creatures, thanks to all the bugs they find there.
You can start a mini nature sanctuary simply by leaving a length of tree trunk lying on the ground.
Relax! Let nature do the work.