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Managing early successional wildlife habitat

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Managing early successional wildlife habitat

Grasslands, shrublands, and young forest habitats (collectively referred to as early-successional habitats) have been declining in New York and throughout the Northeast for decades as have the wildlife species associated with them. Many are listed as species of special concern in several northeastern states. The American woodcock has declined considerably over the past 30 years, and New England cottontails occur in only 20% of the area in which it was historically found. During this webinar, woodland owners, foresters, and natural resource managers learn about tools to manage habitat for the benefit of early successional wildlife including ruffed grouse, songbirds, New England cottontails, and other wildlife. Originally broadcast on April 21, 2010 by Kristi Sullivan, Cornell University Cooperative Extension Department of Natural Resources
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Project 17 Wildlife Habitat Revisit - The Management Advantage

What started out as an idea to turn a production ag piece into incredible wildlife habitat is now one year into existence. Tom planted and created a variety of different habitats on Project 17. From mast producing trees, to firebreaks, food plots and native warm season grasses, Tom brought his vision to life. Take a look at how the wildlife habitat project looks one year into growing and what is planned for the future.

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Wildlife Habitat Management

Everyone knows about feeders and food plots (and they can be quite effective), but a better plan might be to manage existing wildlife habitat.
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Discovering - Wildlife Habitat Management

Things you can do to make your property a better habitat for wildlife.
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Whitetail Habitat Improvements (Non Food Plot) | Creating Better Deer Habitat

Improving the deer habitat on your property will surely improve your hunting this fall. We are in Pennsylvania on Kip Adams farm showing you how to convert old cattle pasture in to early successional habitat for deer. Early successional habitat provides great cover and forage for deer throughout the year, and, it is essentially free!

Techniques for Improving Deer Habitat

Get detailed information on how you can improve deer habitat on your property.

How To Explode Whitetail And Wildlife Populations | Old Field Conversion

Are you tired of the many wildlife failures caused by in effective CRP and pheasant mix plantings? Do you like bees, birds, pheasants, rabbits, butterflies and whitetails? Then creating high value diversity pockets within fields of solid switchgrass can explode wildlife populations to levels that are impossible thru traditional planting methods. This is another original concept of mine designed in the 2000s to not only increase year-round daytime deer bedding opportunity, but to take the potential of sustainable wildlife populations to new levels! Old field, fallow fields and ag fields can quickly and easily be converted to high powered, mega wildlife hotspots by following this technique. Are you ready to turn that old field of yours into the envy of the local whitetail and wildlife neighborhood in 2 growing seasons or less? Then you need to watch this about my tried and true technique, that will out grow, out compete, out diversify and out produce, any other old field wildlife planting method currently used today.

Habitat Management For Wildlife | MAJOR LET DOWNS?

Habitat Management For Wildlife MAJOR LET DOWNS? Are You having major habitat management for wildlife let downs? Habitat management for deer and other wildlife can sometimes fool us into thinking we can do what we want when it comes to deer hunting your land. There is a price to pay for everything! Are you making these habitat management mistakes?

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Managing Forests for Birds - Part 2 - Creating Early Successional Habitat

Managing Forests for Birds is a 5-part video series designed to give landowners the information they need to manage their own forests for wildlife. The series is produced by the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative in partnership with the Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture, The Ohio State University, The Nature Conservancy and The Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Wildlife and Division of Forestry.

In this second episode, we learn about the importance of early-successional habitats for birds. Additional episodes cover the following topics:

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Exploring early successional habitats

What exactly is an early successional habitat? Why are they so important for threatened species like the Golden-winged Warbler? Curtis Smalling, Audubon NC's Important Bird Area Coordinator, takes you on a virtual field trip in the Amphibolite Mountains in northwestern NC and explains it all!

The Amphibolites are located in Ashe and Watauga counties and encompass a series of peaks composed of amphibolite gneiss. This mountain chain includes Bluff, Rich, and Snake Mountains, Mount Jefferson, and Elk Knob. Several conservation groups, including The Nature Conservancy, local land trusts, and the Division of Parks and Recreation, are working to protect the key conservation tracts in the area.

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Thanks to Walker Golder, Audubon NC Deputy Director, for filming this video. And many thanks to Frederick Wellborne, a journalism student at UNC-CH, who edited this video as part of an internship with Audubon NC.
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Restoring Old Field Habitat

If you have an old field that has been taken out of production, this video may provide you with some pointers in what you'd like to see in ideal old field habitat.

Deer Habitat - Old Field Management - Bedding, Cover, and Food

Looking for the perfect bedding mix or an affordable way to create habitat? Old field Management might be an option! This area was once a cattle pasture and is now being converted to productive habitat with native grasses, and forbs! Not only will these areas provide great forage but they will also provide phenomenal cover throughout the year! The benefits of diverse natives is unmatched, not even by switchgrass stands! Consider converting your open areas to diverse natives this year!


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Whitetail Habitat Improvement | Provide FOOD and COVER | Fallow Fields

Kip Adams from QDMA talks about improving whitetail habitat by utilizing fallow fields for both food and cover for deer. Food plots are great, but implementing tactics such as this can stretch your management dollar, and also provide much needed food and cover early in the year when whitetails need it most.

Early Successional Habitat

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AFWA USFS Early Successional Habitats Webinar

Abstract: Wildlife dependent on early succession communities or disturbance have shown substantial declines over the last 100 years in the Eastern U.S. I briefly review what is commonly meant by early successional species or communities, and describe some general trends in early-successional, or disturbance-dependent, species and communities. I report on some of our recent research in eastern forests, showing how many early successional species respond favorably to woodland restoration, which contrasts many earlier studies, including my own, which suggested that even-aged forest management is required to provide habitat for these species. Finally I’ll show results from our recent modeling studies that demonstrate how the interaction between forest management and climate change will be an important driver of habitat availability and the importance of regional- and landscape-scale conservation for these species.

Habitat Podcast #45 – Dr. Craig Harper – Early Successional Plant Communities vs Food Plots

Habitat Podcast #45 – Dr. Craig Harper – Early Successional Plants, What Are They? How To Identify & Start, Forb Protein, Measuring/Costs of Food Plot vs Forbs, Herbicides for ESPC, Fire, Soil Factors, Wet Ground Management, Exclusion Cages.

Jared and Brian from Habitat Podcast interview our friend Dr. Craig Harper from the University of Tennessee. The class has started, so sit back with your note pad and be ready! We cover a ton of things, a couple being:

Early Successional Plants – What Are They? How To Identify & Start Implementing,

Forb Protein Per Plant vs Food Plots,

Measuring Advantages and Costs of Food Plot vs Forbs & Early Successional Plant Communities,

Herbicide Use for Encouraging ES,

Prescribed Fire,

Healthy Soil Factors,

Wet Ground Management & Food Plot Exclusion Cages & MUCH MORE.

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Better Deer, Better Hunting With Early Successional Cover

Want more deer to spend time on your hunting area while also moving more in daylight hours? QDMA's Kip Adams shares the best-kept secret for making this happen: early successional cover! Visit to learn more about techniques for creating this cover type.

Early successional reset

Turning an area of low timber value into a young forest and early successional area through habitat manipulation.

The Connection Between Forest Management and Wildlife Habitat

Learn how forest management can make bird friendly habitat!
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