The Nature Conservancy of Canada is encouraging the community to turn their old Christmas trees into homes for local birds.
Andrew Holland the National Media Relations Director for the NCC, says that putting the tree out back for the birds could become another holiday tradition.
"We put so much time and care into picking out the tree and decorating it with our friends and family," Holland says, "afterwards put on your boots and jacket and decorate it with food like peanut butter and pinecones to provide the birds with a food source."
Holland points out that not all birds fly south for the winter and the ones that stay don't have the luxury of putting a coat on when it starts to storm.
He says that the old tree in the backyard would provide shelter on those rough winter nights.
Holland also mentions the benefits a decomposing tree could have in a garden, highlighting how it enriches the soil.
He makes some suggestions for those who wish to speed up the decomposition process.
"Some people drill holes in the trunk," Holland says, "things like the needles will decompose quickly on their own.
Holland says that a tree placed outside or in the bush this winter will likely be fully decomposed by the fall.