How Animals and Trees Help Each Other | Team Trees

Hello and welcome back to Animal Wonders! I’m Jessi and I love animals. When I think about wildlife, I always picture
animals living amongst trees: deer hiding in a forest of pine trees, magpies perched
in aspen groves, orangutans peeking through branches and leaves. In my mind and in nature, trees and animals
go hand in hand. Which is why it should come as no surprise
that I also love trees, and it’s why the Animal Wonders team has joined forces with
Team Trees and a bunch of other youtubers in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation
to plant 20 million trees in 2020! Team Trees is focused on restoring high risk
forests, and I’m totally on board with there being 20 million more trees in the world. You can learn more about this movement by
going to Trees are a vital part of many animals’
habitats, and today I’d just like to celebrate our trees and the many ways they improve the
lives of the species of animals that live at Animal Wonders. [CHEERY INTRO MUSIC] The biggest tree appreciator at Animal Wonders
has got to be Huckleberry the beaver. He not only eats a few branches every day,
but he also spends a good portion of his time arranging all of the leftover sticks into
cozy nests and interesting structures. Beavers are well known for their relationships
with trees. They can chew down entire trees to build dams
and lodges to keep their babies safe. Beavers actually eat the trees that they build
with. They’re mostly searching out the cambium layer
just under the bark because it’s nice and sweet. Researchers are still gathering data on all
the ways beavers change their environments surrounding their ponds. A pair of beavers is said to be able to fell
at least a metric ton of wood every year. This sounds like it might be a bad thing for
trees, but it’s not that simple. By chewing down certain species and leaving
others, they can increase biodiversity in plant species as well as animal species that
surround their home. Beavers are a keystone species for biodiversity,
and while they are the end for some trees, their selective preference in taste reduces
an overabundance of trees like the fast growing aspen and allows room for other species of
trees who support an abundant variety of animals. So thank you beavers for being the ultimate
tree enthusiasts. Tree frogs are such fans of trees that it’s
literally part of their name. This is Stumpy the dumpy tree frog, and he
not only spends his entire life in trees, but he also looks like a tree leaf when he
tucks his feet and legs in. They need to be perfectly camouflaged since
they’re nocturnal, and they want to be safe while they sleep. There are so many animals that spend the majority
of their time in trees, and we call this lifestyle arboreal. Like Kemosabe the prehensile tailed porcupine,
who is an expert climber of trees. Calling the trees your home is a common way
many animals survive the challenges of finding enough food and avoiding predators. Trees provide an excellent source of food
for their many occupants. From their leaves, flowers, and buds, to fruit,
seeds, and nuts, trees have a plethora of energy sources. Kemosabe would gladly eat anything his trees
have to offer, though is personal favorite food is bananas. Trees also give shelter to animals looking
to avoid predators. Some species of animals have intricate camouflage
to mimic their tree’s bark exactly, but Kemosabe like to make sure everyone knows
that he’s living in a particular tree by urine marking the branches and then happily
rubbing it all over himself as well. Living up in a tree is a strategic way to
have a positional advantage over predators. If a predator does try and come at him, there’s
only one direction they can come from, so it’s easy to defend himself. It’s also basically like living in your
pantry, but also a tree fort. So it’s every porcupine’s dream home. While their name may be a bit deceiving, water
dragons are tree centric and spend nearly their entire lives climbing, jumping, hunting,
and sleeping in trees. Like other arboreal species, water dragons
use camouflage to avoid being seen by predators, and they have many other adaptations for living
the tree life, too. Their toes are long and flexible and their
claws are sharp and curved, which is perfect for climbing on various textures of tree bark. They have a long tail which helps them keep
balance on long, thin branches. The most notable behavior water dragons do
is that they will jump right off their tree branch and into a body of water below if they
feel threatened by a predator like a hawk. Without trees they just wouldn’t have a
place to live, and their graceful belly flops into water just wouldn’t be as spectacularly
impressive. Parrots like Zoe depend on trees for everything. They use camouflage to stay hidden amongst
the foliage. Her green feathers blend in perfectly with
the leaves. They spend most of their day foraging for
the trees’ seeds, fruit, and flowers, and they build their nests in the trunks of old
or dead trees. So parrots, like many of our other tree loving
animals, are totally dependent on trees. Which is why I think it’s wonderful that
parrots will then return the favor to the trees, by being excellent seed dispersers
and sometimes even pollinators as well. Many parrot type birds, including macaws like
Joy, will take a large fruit from one tree and fly to another tree to eat their meal,
often times discarding the seeds while they eat the juicy insides. This effectively plants new baby trees a good
distance from the mother tree. And when some parrots forage for their food,
they accidentally collect pollen on their feathers and spread it to another tree’s
flowers when they visit a new site. Now I think red-footed tortoises are some
of the best advocates for trees because they literally have trees coming and going. These three beauties, Yucca, Titus, and Waffle
are representing their wild counterparts who love to eat ripe fruit and swallow big old pieces
whole, and then they poop out the fruit seeds intact and ready to grow. Which makes them seed dispersers – really
good ones, too! They can plant trees all day long with such
little effort. So I say, let’s help the tortoises plant
more trees! We’ll let the tortoises do it their own
special way, while we join together and share our own appreciation for trees. I’m going to help in two ways. One, I’m going to plant my own trees to
replenish our riparian area that was previously stripped of trees. Second, I’ve joined an incredibly ambitious
movement called Team Trees whose goal is to plant 20 million trees in 2020. I went to and donated to the
Arbor Day Foundation because they are able to identify areas that are in high need of
restoration. I can’t realistically travel to these areas
myself, so they can plant the trees there on my behalf. Team Trees has partnered with the Arbor Day
Foundation for this inspiring goal, and for every dollar donated they will plant a tree. One dollar, one tree. That’s an incredible way to create lasting
impact! And I’d love if you joined me! I’ve shared our tree planting on our Instagram
page, so make sure you go check that out. You can find us under @AnimalWondersMontana. And if you plant your own tree, please tag us and
use the hashtag #teamtrees so we can see it, too. If you choose to donate with me, please post
a photo with a tree in it, tag us and don’t forget to hashtag it #teamtrees. Together we can keep wild places and wild
animals happy and thriving. Thank you, and if you want to join us for
more animal adventures, subscribe and I’ll see you next week! Thank you for watching Animal Wonders, which
is a Complexly production! Right now at Complexly we’re trying something
really new for us. In fact, we’re trying three things that
are new for us. It’s a Complexly pilot season! We’re launching three brand new shows, each
on their own channel: History Pop, Stories Retold, and Hashed Out. Each show will run for three episodes for
three weeks, and then we’ll decide which show to continue on. We love all three ideas but don’t have the
bandwidth to make all of them happen at the same time, so we would love your feedback
on what you think should continue. We’ve put the links for the channels in
the description below. Please check them out and share your thoughts.

50 thoughts on “How Animals and Trees Help Each Other | Team Trees

  1. Hey Jessi! You inspire me a lot! I would love to contribute to your conservation journey by making custom made art of your animals. How do I reach you??

  2. Me as someone who's been in Oregon too long: Why is she in front of a green screen, she lives near trees…
    Me as someone who suddenly remembers growing up in Montana: Oh yeah, it's nearly November and it's fracking freezing outside, by now.

  3. You’re such a blessing Jessie – not only an animal conservationist but you also care about trees as well ?❤️

  4. I want to see the return of the American Chestnut… unfortunately they are being killed or kept down by a fungus introduced from the Asian Chestnut when they were brought over 🙁

  5. I knew you guys would join Team Trees, you're such strong advocates of life and quality of life for all creatures that I was sure we'd be getting a video about it before long. Thank you everyone at Animal Wonders for caring so much. You inspire me daily.

  6. Glad the tree planting movements is back in the headlines again. They were big back when I was a teenager almost 40 years ago, with million tree plantings all around the world. Hope this one is as successful and that people remember the message longer.

  7. It’s time to give back! I’m so on board with this. Thx for the inspiration!

  8. Everyone is obsessed with this fad, but there are some downsides:
    What to do with excess trees after completion?
    What about plants that need more carbon dioxide, but is stolen from them?
    Will it cause the extinction of plants that use less/more carbon dioxide?
    When will it be completed?
    Who will fund it when it goes to the big people at the government? We should not let the government do it for us.

  9. I love trees and they are the in the photos of some of my favorite living things – cicadas. 😀 I have a smallish yard so I only planted two (mulberry) trees but I didn't remove any of the trees that were here when I bought it. I take care of them. I did lose one but it was sort of natural… it was struck by lightning then fell over. Actually the birds eating from the 1st Mulberry tree gave me the 2nd one. I have often wondered how many wild mulberry trees were growing in my area thanks to the birds so maybe I had a small hand in having more trees planted than I think I have. 🙂 My town has a few thousand acres set aside as protected natural areas and I go hiking in them often. I bring bags with me to pick up litter others left behind. I hope that helps the trees too in some small way. – Heidi

  10. It’s cool how most you tubers have to use a green screen to get a forest behind them, but Jessie can just walk outside
    Edit: yes i know she’s not outside in this video, but we’ve seen the forest outside before so it’s still cool

  11. Just gotta say, I'm really standing in our forest out back, not a green screen. It was a beautiful crisp cold morning with a slight breeze causing some audio interference. The sun felt really good and kept me warm enough to finish filming 🙂

  12. Oh I love them all but kemosabis talking melts my heart??? Jessi, might I ask for your thoughts on something? We have a wonderful lesser tenrec and a couple of months ago we got kitten. We are of course VERY careful with any interaction or even the kitty just watching him- and of course we close both the cage and the door to the tenrecs room if we leave our apartment. My question is, can these guys grow up like "siblings"/neighbours/not view eachother as food, or should I not even hope…? Domestic cats are both predator and prey, and the tenrec does have both spikes and teeth (by that I mean he is not like a helpless soft mouse).. The kitty is curious and playful, but she can also calmly fall asleep beside us while we hold him. Usually I just show her that we pet and hug the tenny and briefly let them sniff eachother while I hold him.. I also placed towels with his scent here and there in our home from day one we brought the kitty home, so she would know he was there before her and recognize/tolerate his scent. What is your professional opinion, can cats ever be trusted with pets that are smaller then them…?

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