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Vol. 2 | No. 4 | December 2009   

 

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November Management Recommendations

Forestry

  • Good month to thin pines.
  • If moisture is sufficient, begin planting containerized pine seedlings.

Game Bird

  • Finish mowing hunting lanes
  • Supplemental feed at 2 bu/ac/yr
  • Plan timber harvests
  • Plant longleaf or other pines where needed
  • Develop burn plans customized for weather, population size and predation risks
  • Disk fields for brood habitat

Land Management

  • In South Florida, control and eradicate Brazilian peppers while they are in full bloom.
  • Heavy brush management (mowing/chopping) for saw palmetto should begin now.
  • Mow mature millet for third phase of dove harvest.
  • Native warm season grasses that were burned last summer will start producing seed.
  • Consider collecting seed from native warm season grasses, such as lopsided Indian grass, to reseed other areas of your property.

Vertebrate Ecology

  • Lining roofs with pea-gravel near the coast provides valuable habitat for nesting shorebirds.
  • On the coasts of Florida, begin planning for the spring shorebird rooftop nesting season and start reroofing projects by using tar and light-colored pea-sized gravel and installing chick- fencing and gutter covers.

December Management Recommendations

Fire Ecology

  • Develop burn plans
  • Evaluate last year’s burns on grass flowering and seeding.

 Forestry

  • Plan timber harvest schedule for spring.  If it will not create problems with other land use priorities this can be a good month to thin pines if needed. Thinning your woods promotes valuable groundcover for wildlife.
  • Continue planting longleaf or other site-specific pine trees as needed.
  • This is a good month to plant mast-producing trees for attracting wildlife.

Game Bird

  • Supplemental Feed at 1- 2 bu/ac/yr.
  • Develop burn plans: high quail numbers this fall indicate need for burn plans that help to maximize quail survival rates.  This includes patch burning and stretching burning out from March through April 
  • Disk Fields for brood habitat now through February.

Land Management

  • Mow dense hardwood encroachment areas to enhance groundcover.
  • Fertilize fall food plots.
  • Good time to work roads.

Vertebrate Ecology

  • Include snag retention in forestry harvest operations planning. 
  • Be on the lookout and record nesting locations for birds of prey, such as the bald eagle.  Take efforts to protect nesting areas from disturbance.
  • Chorus Frogs, Spring Peepers, and other winter-breeding frogs may start to call as early as mid December and reach higher levels of activity in January. 
  • Christmas bird counts are underway in mid December.  The counts have provided invaluable trend information that date back to the early 1900’s.
  • Sapsuckers arrive in big numbers and start etching away at their sap wells.  Individuals can be highly territorial, and wells are passed along from generation to generation.
  • Clean out nest boxes in preparation for spring.
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