Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata)
The evergreen red cedar tree attracts hummingbirds to its new growth in spring.. During the winter this dense tree provides shelter and cover from predators for many birds and in spring it is a nesting site for Jays, warblers and owls. Sparrows and nuthatches eat the winged seeds that come from numerous small cones. Indigenous Peoples use every aspect of this tree to build homes, make dugout canoes, cradles for newborn babies, and life saving medicines. This tree has been called the “Tree of Life” and a Salish myth says the Great Spirit created the red cedar in honor of a man who was always helping others.